Project Description

Rebecca is a healthcare change agent and value creator, author and essayist. Her goal is to inspire others to be courageous and learn about their loved ones’ wishes, while creating life-long connections.  Her debut memoir,The Gift of Goodbye: A Story of Agape Love, was released July 18, 2017. Kirkus Reviews says her memoir “tells of her own journey of self-discovery after learning of a parent’s terminal illness. Rather than give in to grief, she embarked on what she calls a ‘heart-opening journey’―one that she deftly and intensely recounts in this memoir.” Rebecca launched The Gift of Goodbye to a standing-room-only audience at Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN and Book People, in Austin, TX. Rebecca has shared her story with audiences in senior living communities, including Westminster Manor, and local book clubs. Rebecca is also a guest essayist, including being featured on and She earned a B.B.A. in marketing with a minor in psychology from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, an executive M.B.A. from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, and in 2017, became a Nashville Healthcare Council Fellow. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her two teenage children, friends, and chocolate lab, Coco; practicing yoga, listening to live music, snow skiing, and playing golf. She was born in Bloomington, Indiana, grew up in Houston, Texas, and.has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 2005.


Have you faced the loss of a parent, struggled with how to say goodbye? Have you felt the depth of pain of the loss, not knowing where to turn or how to cope? Have you questioned your faith and let fear take over in times of loss? Are you comfortable in your skin or still try to fit in?

Rebecca Whitehead Munn, a mother of two children under the age of five, is going through a divorce when she discovers that her mother, 3,000 miles away, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. In The Gift of Goodbye, she shares how this experience led to a heart-opening expansion, and encourages readers to believe that they, too, can form new beliefs and new connections and elevate their difficult experiences to a higher level of authenticity. The story is her account of living through two major life transitions within a three-year span, and the resulting shift she made in the process—due to the lasting gift of love from her now-deceased mother, her courage, and the choice she made to expand into more of who she was at her core as everything about life as she knew it changed.