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Charlene Lam

Grief Expert


I believe we are ALL curators after a loved one dies.

In my 30s, I lost my mother … and found myself. Now that the paperwork is done, my mother’s house emptied and sold and her ashes scattered, I have the luxury, the pleasure, of celebrating her life. 

And I have the honor of helping other people through their own experiences with loss as a Certified Grief Coach and curator of The Grief Gallery.

I help people to navigate grief with grit and grace after the death of a loved one. Here’s my hope for all who have been bereaved: To emerge from the practical and emotional aftermath of losing a loved one with your health, career and relationships intact, so you can move forward to live your own fullest life.


Certified Grief Coach

When You Could Use Some Help
  • What if you don’t have to do this alone?
  • What if you could just talk to someone about your own pain and grief, without worrying about hurting other people’s feelings?
  • When will you have time to process your own grief?

With grief coaching, we hold space for your grief, without judgment.


Grief Resources

Need help with grief? Know someone who does?

I share some key grief coaching concepts, as well as links to other resources.


Grief Speaker and Trainer

Talks and Workshops

Key Topics:

  • Why we’re ALL curators after a loved one dies.
  • The role of art, creativity and storytelling for healthy grieving and post-traumatic growth.
  • How to choose what to keep after a loved one dies.
  • How companies can better support their people experiencing grief and bereavement.

Contact Charlene by emailing hello [at] 

Events and Conferences


The Grief Gallery

Visit the Grief Gallery

I’m the founder and curator of The Grief Gallery. And I believe we are ALL curators after a loved one dies.

As curator of The Grief Gallery, I commission artwork and present exhibitions exploring grief and loss during international design events and festivals, including NYCxDESIGN and the London Design Festival.


Monthly Grief Gathering

Community Connection, Creative Inspiration

Pull up a virtual chair and join curator and grief coach Charlene Lam for The Grief Gallery’s monthly gathering on the last Wednesday of the month at 2pm ET / 7pm UK time.



I’m Charlene

I am a certified grief coach, curator, speaker, and the founder of The Grief Gallery. With degrees in mass communication and design, and over a decade of experience as a content strategist for creative organizations, I turned my story-finding instincts and narrative crafting skills to grief work after the sudden death of my mother in 2013.

I’m the author of the forthcoming book Curating Grief: A Creative Guide to Choosing What to Keep After a Loved One Dies. My podcast guest appearances include Late Bloomer Living and the What Works podcast with Tara McMullin. A proud New Yorker, I’m currently based between NYC and Lisbon.

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Want to Schedule an Appointment?

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