MA and Fellow of Thanatology
Serving as CEO of Corgenius and recognized as an acclaimed speaker, Amy Florian travels North America training professionals to effectively support clients in transition and loss. She is author of over 90 articles and the book “No Longer Awkward: Communicating with Clients through the Toughest Times of Life”. Amy is a former columnist for the Journal of Financial Planning who has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and featured in Financial Advisor, Financial Planning, MSN Money, On Wall Street, and Financial Advisor IQ. She holds a Master’s Degree and is a Fellow in Thanatology (the highest level of certification in the field of grief studies). She teaches a graduate class at Loyola University Chicago, she has worked with over 2,000 grieving people, and she consults with firms, corporations, and individuals nationwide.
How My Company Came To Be
An icy road. A no-fault death. The driver of the other car wondering what, if anything, he could have done to avoid the accident. In the blink of an eye I was a 25-year old widow. I was surrounded by dozens, even hundreds, of well-intentioned people who had absolutely no idea what to say or how to act around me.
John’s death was devastating. We loved as deeply as two young people could. We’d already survived two miscarriages and had just purchased our first home. Our son Carl was 7 months old when his dad died. Though I did not know it at the time, John’s death began my lifelong mission of helping people heal from life’s crushing losses.
The journey took me first down the path of facing the rest of my life without John.
Even now, 30 years later, that phrase sometimes brings forth a heartfelt sigh as I remember the joy of my life with John and the deep sorrow I experienced when he died.