“Following the death of my husband I attended the “Transforming Your Life Following The Death of a Spouse” workshop. I didn’t think that I needed this kind of format in my grief journey, but I found it to be a very positive, thought provoking, emotionally freeing and supportive place to begin to find my “new normal”.   – Jeannette Orsch



“I worked with JoAnne  for one month. I looked forward to her calls and her reassuring voice. The worksheets she emailed helped me focus my thoughts. I discovered many things about myself in going over these worksheets with her. She is very intuitive and often went right to the point which I sometimes missed. She gave me helpful suggestions and guidance for moving forward with my life as a widow. I hope to stay in touch with this gifted woman.”

–  Jo ann Brown

“I have been a widower for a short time (Dec 24,2011); however, your website has been an awesome help for me! It’s as though it was written and placed here for me expressly. By the time I found it I had already been told stupid things like you’ll find someone else, i know how you feel my dad died, and so forth. Then i found the grievers bill of rights. It stated most of what i was going through or getting ready to go through.

I read your articles and they helped immensely. Thank you and may God bless your work for it truly is a blessing at this time of our lives” ~Chuck

“There I was, experiencing my first true loss, my grandmother who I grew up knowing as mom. I was devastated but life had to continue. As I began to pick up the pieces, I had an epiphany…there is no right way to grieve. There were so many questions, emotions and feelings that seemed to overwhelm me until I interviewed JoAnne Funch on my blog talk radio The Reborn Identity segment Is There a Right Way to Grieve? JoAnne spoke to my audience and to my heart about her experiences with loss and what ultimately became her mission…Heartache to Healing. I would encourage anyone seeking a speaker with passion, knowledge, research and compassion for your audience, need to look no further than to JoAnne Funch of Heartache to Healing. She was professional, informative and inspirational. No doubt, I will be inviting her to be a guest on our show again.

Vivionne Keli
Executive Director & Host”

“JoAnne’s grace and strength are an inspiration to everyone who hears her story. After losing the two most important and supportive people in her life in a shockingly short period of time, she chose to find the blessing in the pain and create a life that inspires her and empowers others who are experiencing the same type of loss.”

Lisa Marie Platske, President/CEO, Upside Thinking, Inc.
Riverside, CA 92507

“I admire you. I lost my precious husband this February and am totally inconsolable.  I had 12 beautiful years with him but still feel cheated, bitter and angry. People like you make me realize what a lot I have to be grateful for.”

Thank You

“You are so kind and know all the correct things to say. I agree with you exactly. Because I wasn’t family or married to him some people think it is no big deal. Thanks for you support again.

I live in Dublin Ireland. During the early days I would sit surfing the net looking for ways that I would be able to help myself cope with this tragedy. I found your website and as I said yesterday found it really refreshing and supportive. You are really great.”


Julie Prendergast

“Grief needs a voice Joanne, and you’ve provided me with so much information – keep on keepin on.”

Shannon Hoag

Dear Joanne

“I am so happy to have found your site,, you make grief  so much less painful  to deal with when I read your messages.. This was my 3rd Christmas with out my husband (who died very suddenly of a massive heart attack.Jan 07)I have 3 three boys who are stricken was such sadness around the holidays.. So as you I try and make new traditions around our home.. Tears come in waves. good days and bad.. I find it very difficult to attend parties and etc.. alone.. I’m hoping 2010 will bring us much happiness !!!”

thanks for listening

Suzanne Grossman  12/31/09

“Hi JoAnne, just a note to let you know that I do enjoy your messages, so many times I receive them exactly when they are most needed.”

Thank You again, Jane Fish   1/9/10

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