When Every Item Is Precious - The Grief Gallery

Jan 20th, 2023 | Episode 245

After her mother died in 2013, Charlene Lam faced the daunting prospect of dealing with all of her belongings. Making decisions about what to keep felt impossible, so Charlene turned to her skills as a gallery curator and asked herself: “If I was to do an exhibition about my mother, which 100 objects would I choose?” This experience transformed Charlene's understanding of how to interact with the objects of people's lives. It also inspired her to create the The Grief Gallery and become a grief coach.

Topics we talk about:

  • Feeling blindsided by her mother's death.
  • Charlene's instinct to plan and do, rather than feel, in the early days of grief.
  • How she eventually found ways to express emotion through creativity.
  • What she learned about grief from growing up as the child of Chinese immigrants.
  • How we can all think about curating the items of our lives, before we die.
  • Grief and the Lunar New Year holiday.

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