JoAnne Funch, Founder Heartache to Healing

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 and more resilient.

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, longtime friends and a slower paced life seemed like the best decision at that time.

In addition to my volunteer work on this website, I am the founder of Marketing Dish where I work with small business owners to take the mystery out of marketing their business. I have worked with hundreds of small business clients since establishing her marketing business in 1996.

I love to teach and empower others to take control of their social footprint and I have a particular passion for relationship marketing. I have served as the LinkedIn workshop trainer for the University of Minnesota, Business & Economic Development Department, and I train both private companies and individuals on LinkedIn for business.

In 2013 I was a featured in the Amazon Best Selling Book “Unlocking the Secrets of Successful Women” and am a contributing author to a variety of blogs and news publications such as Yahoo Small Business Advisor and Business2Community, in addition, she has been a guest on many national business podcasts.

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JoAnne’s story was  featured nationally in Hallmark Magazine and locally in The Star News and The Drummer newspapers.



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