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Grief Resources

When Disaster Strikes

Did you feel blindsided, derailed or knocked off course after the death of a loved one? Certified grief coach Charlene Lam shares an analogy that can be helpful for getting a grasp on the effects of a massive loss.

“I don’t want to move forward without them.”

There’s often a feeling of pain associated with the passage of time and the idea of leaving the loved ones we lost behind. In this video, I share The Dash Between, a concept that helps me cope with this painful feeling and notion of having to “move on” or leave our loved ones behind as we move forward with our own lives.

Grief and the Holidays

The holidays can be a hard time for many of us, whether we’re actively grieving a recent loss or just missing a loved one. In recent years, it’s even more of a challenge. Here’s my three-question approach to make grief and the holidays just a bit less hard, so you can be present and show up the way you want for the holidays.

When you need to hear other people’s experiences with loss:

Modern Loss  Essays from real people on a range of loss

Podcast: The Grief Gang  UK-based podcast normalizing conversations about grief


When you want to learn more about grief and grief theory:

What’s Your Grief? Podcast, articles and training

Grief Literacy training by Being Here, Human  1:1 support and online workshops with a radical approach to grief support and education that challenges conventional approaches, including not pathologizing grief


For thought-provoking conversations about death and dying:

Good Grief Festival  Replays of 100+ conversations about grief (some available free, others for flat £20 cost) during festival organized by the University of Bristol

Death Cafe  Conversations about death and dying led by everyday people


Practical assistance:

Empathy – Loss companion app (US-based)

Cake – End-of-Life Planning app and articles


I’m Charlene

I help grieving people feeling burdened by responsibilities, resentments and regrets after the death of a loved one to feel lighter –– so you can live your own fullest life. 

After the sudden death of my mother Marilyn in 2013, I put my life, work and grief on hold as I struggled to deal with the estate, paperwork and belongings.

Healing took time — and it took help.

I’m a certified grief coach, with particular focus on tapping into creativity and narrative development for post-traumatic growth and meaning reconstruction.

As curator of The Grief Gallery, I present exhibitions internationally online and in-person about grief and loss, often featuring the belongings of people’s lost loved ones.

I’m the author of the forthcoming book Curating Grief: A Creative Guide to Choosing What to Keep After a Loved One Dies. 

A proud New Yorker, I split my time between NYC and Lisbon, Portugal, and travels frequently for work and leisure.

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