Grief Grit Grace

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.


The Grief Gallery at NYCxDESIGN: She Was Asian American


My Grief Story


Hi, I’m Charlene.

Grief Curator. Speaker. Author. Guide.

 I speak, write and present exhibitions internationally about death and loss, sharing my Collect, Curate, Create framework for grief and mourning.

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.

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.

Monthly Grief Gathering

Join us for The Grief Gallery's monthly gathering for community sharing and creative inspiration on Zoom the last Wednesday of the month.


Monthly Grief Gathering

Join us for The Grief Gallery's monthly grief gathering the last Wednesday of the month.


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