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When You Lose Someone You Love is a book about profound loss expressed through Joanne Fink's heartfelt text & simple illustrations.
When You Lose Someone You Love is a book about profound loss expressed through Joanne Fink's heartfelt text & simple illustrations.
449 backers pledged $25,269 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to my Kickstarter campaign! My goal is to publish When You Lose Someone You Love, the book I wrote after my husband died unexpectedly three years ago. I want to publish this book as a way of reaching out to others going through the grieving process. I know first-hand how devastating it can be to lose someone you love. Connecting with those who were further along on their grief journey made a difference to me… it helps to know that you are not alone, that there will be days when you feel overwhelmed, nights when you can’t sleep, and times when waves of sadness wash over you unexpectedly.

At some point in our lives, most of us will experience the loss of someone we love and will have to deal with that loss in order to move on with our life’s journey. My hope is that When You Lose Someone You Love will help people do that. I've spent most of my career as an art director for companies in the greeting card, gift and craft industries. Over the past two decades I've written, designed, art directed and/or edited numerous books, including several best-sellers. Although this is a personal project, I have used my professional expertise to select pages from my grief journals that are 'universal truths'-- meaning they will resonate with others who had lost a loved one. Of all the products I've developed throughout my career, I believe this book is the most powerful. It's a gift of comfort for those grieving… offering hope without sugar-coating the challenges of losing a loved one.

I am asking for your help and support to make this book a reality! Please check out the cool Donor Rewards I have for you… and please share this with your friends!

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

Risks and challenges

There are not many risks to completing this project because most of the artwork for the book is done. If we surpass our goal, I'll be able to add a little color toward the back of the book where the text gets more hopeful.

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    My heartfelt thanks for backing this project! You'll get all the project updates, and be able to feel good about helping get When You Lose Someone You Love to press.

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    My heartfelt thanks, all the project updates, plus a digital download of a Zenspirations® Color, Create, Pattern & Play page with the inspiring sentiment "May you always be brave enough to fly!"

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    My heartfelt thanks, all the project updates and a digital download of a Zenspirations® "Dream, Delight, Dance print.

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    One copy of When You Lose Someone You Love + one limited edition bookmark + Digital Download of a Zenspirations® Facebook Banner of your choice.

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    One copy of When You Lose Someone You Love + one limited edition bookmark + 6" x 6" Zenspirations® print "Live by inspiring others to fly".

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    One signed copy of When You Lose Someone You Love + one limited edition bookmark + 8" x 10" Zenspirations® L'dor v'dor (from Generation to Generation) Print.

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    Two copies of When You Lose Someone You Love + 8" x 10" Zenspirations® 'Triple Sign' print (the one which went viral!) + one limited edition bookmark + a copy of Joanne's gift book "With God All Things Are Possible".

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    Two copies of When You Lose Someone You Love + two limited edition bookmarks + Two Cool Cups.

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    One signed copy of When You Lose Someone You Love + Four copies of When You Lose Someone You Love + Five limited edition bookmarks

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    2 signed copies of When You Lose Someone You Love + two limited edition bookmarks + a hand-lettered Memorial print with your loved one's name, birth date & death date

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    A signed copy of When You Lose Someone You Love + one limited edition bookmark + complete set of signed Zenspirations® books

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    One copy of When You Lose Someone You Love + one limited edition bookmark + 15 Assorted Judaic greeting cards-- 3 embellished, 12 foil-- Retail value of cards is more than $80

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    One copy of When You Lose Someone You Love + one limited edition bookmark + 15 Zenspirations® assorted All Occasion greeting cards-- 3 embellished, 12 foil-- Retail value of cards is more than $80.

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    9 copies of When You Lose Someone You Love + 9 limited edition bookmarks

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    3 signed copies of When You Lose Someone You Love + 3 limited edition bookmarks + a hand-lettered Memorial print with your loved one's name, birth date & death date

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    NEW REWARD!!! A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: One signed copy of When You Lose Someone You Love and one limited edition bookmark, signed copies of Joanne’s Zenspirations® Dangle Design Workbook and all three Zenspirations® Color, Create, Pattern & Play books, one bejeweled Dangle Design greeting card, one foil-embossed bookmark of Joanne’s choice, and a signed copy of With God All Things Are Possible. Best of all, Joanne will hand-letter an initial of your choice, and 'frame' it in a limited edition Zenspirations® foil-embossed leaf border. She will also hand-colored 6 x 6 Dangle Design monogram of your choice, and send you two 6 x 6 Dangle line-art monograms of your choice to embellish yourself.

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    Joanne's choice of a hand-colored signed Zenspirations® print + 3 signed copies of When You Lose Someone You Love + 3 limited edition bookmarks + a signed Zenspirations Letters & Patterning book

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    NEW REWARD!!! JUDAIC JEWELS: One signed copy of When You Lose Someone You Love, one limited edition bookmark, a foil-embossed "Mazel Tov" card, a signed L'dor v'dor (from Generation to Generation) print, and one signed & numbered limited edition 'I Promise' print.

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    NEW REWARD!!! FOIL EXTRAVAGANZA: A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! In addition to three signed copies of When You Lose Someone You Love and three limited edition bookmarks, you’ll receive signed copies of three Zenspirations® Color, Create, Pattern & Play books, as well as four 5 x 7 rectangular foil-embossed borders which you can use to create your own Zenspirations design, four foil-embossed greeting cards, Joanne's choice of three foil-embossed bookmarks and one foil-embossed purse pad. Best of all Joanne will hand-letter an initial of your choice, and 'frame' it in a limited edition Zenspirations® foil-embossed border, and send you two additional limited edition foil-embossed borders that you can use to frame your own work.

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    3 signed copies of When You Lose Someone You Love + 3 limited edition bookmarks + a signed Zenspirations® Dangle Designs Workbook + Joanne's choice of an original signed Zenspirations Dangle Design piece + a hand-colored Zenspirations Dangle Monogram of your choice

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    A BEVY OF BOOKS!

    One of the first ten copies of the 24th (Centennial Edition) of the Speedball Textbook (available May 2014), signed for you as soon as it comes off the press! Plus signed copies of 11 of Joanne's other books, including some of her out-of-print books like Lettering Arts and Greeting Card Design. Plus a limited edition bookmark + a signed copy of When You Lose Someone You Love, personalized for you!

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    2015 Zenspirations® Workshop with Joanne Fink-- driving distance of 2 hours from Orlando included; (travel not included if further than a two hour drive). Plus a limited edition bookmark + a signed copy of When You Lose Someone You Love, personalized for you!

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    Joanne will come letter on your wall or Dangle on your door*-- anywhere within a 100 mile radius-- -- and bring you a limited edition bookmark + a signed copy of When You Lose Someone You Love and a signed copy of the Zenspirations® Dangle Design Workbook.

    *Wall or door must be reachable on a step-ladder.

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    Keynote Speaker-- Joanne will come address your group and 'Zenspire' them! Plus she will bring 5 limited edition bookmarks + 5 copies of When You Lose Someone You Love, which she will personalize for you! (Travel not included)

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