I founded Heartache To Healing to educate, comfort, inspire and provide hope to those who are grieving the death of a loved one. Death has forever changed who I am and who I am meant to be. Death has taught me about love and given me the wisdom to lend a hand of comfort to others
In 2005, I lost the two people closest to me—my mother, Dolly and, and less than a month later, my husband, Allan. My world was turned upside down with grief and despair, I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath for weeks. Thinking life couldn’t throw me anything more, it did. My sister in law was diagnosed with breast cancer a few short months after Allan’s death, a few months after that my Dad’s brother died and in December of the same year, Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Yes, 2005 is a year I am not likely to forget…but it has made me stronger.
In 2007 I decided to move from Southern California where I had lived for 23 years back to my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I needed to downsize my life and regroup. Being back with family, long time friends and a slower paced life seemed like the best decision.
I am a constant advocate for the bereaved. I am an author and speaker as well as offering personal grief guided coaching support and workshops.
Awarded the Women With Drive award March 31, 2009 for making an impact in her community.
Awarded by WCCO Radio, Minneapolis, MN
Other interesting tidbits about JoAnne are;
I answer YES as often and I can… (Yes to life and opportunities that I believe have come my way for a reason)
I pick-up the phone and call people I care about, rather than always sending an email.
I use the good dishes and cloth napkins everyday.
I buy the better wine and order the meal I really want when I go out.
I believe in a power greater than myself.
I am a spiritual being living a human life.
I have a precious cat named Tara.
I love Italian food of every kind, and I love to drink red wine with it!
I love to cook and to entertain.
I practice living in the moment every day.
I write down and speak what I am grateful for everyday.
I love to write and often visualize myself writing from far off lands.
I know I am and have been loved!
I am blessed and filled with gratitude everyday.
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