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Charlene Lam

Grief Speaker

Charlene Lam is a certified grief coach, speaker, curator and founder of The Grief Gallery.

Drawing on her journalism background and grief training, Charlene takes a unique, creative approach to grief work.

She offers hope to grieving people for moving forward after a loved one’s death to live their own fullest lives, with their health, careers and relationships intact.

Originally from NYC, she’s spoken on stages and delivered workshops in London, New York City and Lisbon.

Speaking Topics

Curating Grief: How to Choose What to Keep After a Loved One Dies

What you choose to keep and discard shapes your ongoing relationship with them.

F*ck Your Rainbows and Silver Linings: Grief Has No Set Timeline

Grief is normal, not a disorder, and it has no set schedule nor time limit. 

Working Through Grief and Loss

How to get things done even while dealing with the practical and emotional aftermath of loss.

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BIO

About Charlene

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

With degrees in mass communication and design, she turned her story-finding and narrative crafting skills to grief coaching after the sudden death of her mother in 2013.

She’s 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, she splits her time between NYC and Lisbon, Portugal, and travels frequently for work and leisure.

Get In Touch

  • hello@charlenelam.com
  • +1 917 376 7339

Speaking Topics

Curating Grief: How to Choose What to Keep After a Loved One Dies

What you choose to keep and discard shapes your ongoing relationship with them.

After a loved one dies, we’re often confronted with the painful task of sorting through their belongings. But how do you decide what to keep and what to discard, when you’re potentially paralyzed by grief and overwhelmed by emotions?

In this personal and relatable talk, grief curator Charlene Lam shares her creative approach to dealing with the practical and emotional aftermath of loss. An enlightening talk that can free bereaved people to move forward with more clarity and peace, whether they’re grappling with the tangible or intangible aspects of grief.

This topic can be presented as a TEDx-style talk, an interactive presentation or a workshop.

F*ck Your Rainbows and Silver Linings: Grief Has No Set Timeline

Grief is normal, not a disorder, and it has no set schedule nor time limit. 

Grief has no set timeline. Platitudes aren’t helpful. Don’t force your rainbows and silver linings on someone when they’re in their own storm of grief and loss.

Working Through Grief and Loss

How to get things done even while dealing with the practical and emotional aftermath of loss.

As busy professionals and responsible human beings, how do we stay productive and present when we’re grappling with grief, bereavement and loss? In this practical and thoughtful presentation, certified grief coach Charlene Lam talks about working through grief on multiple levels:

  • Processing death, grief and loss in a healthy way AND
  • Somehow managing to perform as a business owner, consultant, manager or employee, not to mention parent, spouse, caretaker, etc!

She shares the accessible frameworks she’s developed to help herself and others in the aftermath of losing a loved one. This topic can be customized to address different kinds of grief and loss.

"Charlene always brings fantastic insight, knowledge and enthusiasm. She is able to connect with audiences, groups and individuals alike."

Charlotte D

"I am very much looking forward to working with Charlene again, and so should you."

Nate C

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