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Charlene Lam

Grief Expert


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.

In my 30s, I lost my mother … and found myself. Now that the paperwork is done, my mother’s house has been sold and her ashes scattered, I have the luxury, the pleasure, of celebrating her life. My hopes are that by sharing my stories, and talking openly about grief, I can help others who may be at any point in their own journeys.


Grief Speaker and Trainer

Talks and Workshops

Key Topics:

  • 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 corporates can better support their people experiencing grief and bereavement.

Contact Charlene by emailing hello [at] 

Events and Conferences


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.


The Grief Gallery

Visit the Grief Gallery

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.


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.

Want to Schedule an Appointment?

Email hello [at]