If grief and loss have brought you here, I’m sorry.

I’m not sorry you’re here – it’s lovely to see you and you are warmly welcome.

I am sorry for your loss and your pain.

Because it sucks. And it’s hard.

No matter whether the loss was expected or a shock.

Whether your relationship with the person who died was good or bad, or likely somewhat more complicated.

It sucks. And it may suck for a long while.

My mother Marilyn died suddenly of a stroke in January 2013.

Dealing with the emotional and practical aftermath of her death was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It was also the loneliest I’ve ever felt in my life.

I am still healing, I may never fully heal.

But while it is not ok that she’s gone (it will never be ok that she’s gone), I am now ok.

Now, as a grief guide, curator, writer and speaker, I share what got me through my experience with loss in the hope of helping others.

And I want you to know:

You are not alone.

You will be ok.

And I’m glad you’re here.

With love,

Charlene aka “Grace”

*If you’re here in support of someone who’s grieving, thank you and welcome too.

Coping with Grief and Loss

How do we move forward without our loved ones? How do we cope? I share my approach to coping with death and loss.

Grief Gallery

Visit the online Grief Gallery with exhibitions and commissions that explore grief and loss.

Current exhibition: The Grief Gallery, 18-26 September 2021. Part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle during the London Design Festival.


I write and speak about my experience of losing my mother, and share the 3-part creative framework I developed to help other people through their own experiences with death, loss and grief.

Get in touch at hello [at] griefgritgrace.com to learn more.



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