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Joanne Fink knows first-hand the pain of loss. In 2011 her life forever changed when her husband, Andy Trattner, died unexpectedly of a heart attack just two days before their son’s 12th birthday. Joanne began journaling as a way of getting through her loss, and self-published excerpts from those journals in her illustrated memoir, When You Lose Someone You Love, as a gift of comfort for others who have lost loved ones.
An award-winning calligrapher, best-selling author, designer, and inspirational speaker, Joanne began her career as a Ketubah artist before going on to develop products for the stationery, gift, craft, and faith-based industries. In 2009, she founded Zenspirations®, a company dedicated to inspiring people to use their creative talents to make a difference in the world. Joanne’s down-to-earth, informative teaching style has made her books and YouTube videos popular around the world, and helps millions to express themselves creatively. Her licensed designs can be found on a variety of cards, gift and craft products.
Joanne is devoted to changing the culture of grief support in America, and leads a local Widows World group. She is currently focusing her creative efforts on developing a line of products to help others navigate the grief process. Check out the When You Lose Someone webstore to see Joanne's books and her new line of commemorative plaques. She is currently working on new books, a series of guided grief journals, and other commemorative products, so check back from time-to-time.
Joanne has a long history of community service and professional involvement. She was the Founding President of the International Association for the Calligraphic Arts and was a Founding Board Member of the American Guild for Judaic Arts. Joanne has served on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations, including the Greeting Card Association, and the Holocaust Center of Central Florida.