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Grief and the Holidays: Treasures and Gifts

Grief and the Holidays: Treasures and Gifts
At this gathering and workshop led by curator Charlene Lam and Dr. Julie Shaw, participants will share treasures and legacies of those near and dear to our hearts.

Join us for a holiday grief gathering that celebrates the gifts and treasured items we’ve received from our loved ones who have passed. Dr. Julie Shaw, grief educator and founder of Hello I’m Grieving and Charlene Lam, grief coach and curator of The Grief Gallery, will hold an interactive workshop for you to share stories about the loved ones you’re missing during these holidays and to find the hidden treasures of our grief. Materials: Pen and Paper. Feel free to bring a gift you received from your loved one or a treasured item that reminds you of them – in either physical or story form.

Reimagine continues to offer gatherings on holidays, often times of extreme vulnerability and grief. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, and winter celebrations in December can be difficult because of their traditional associations with family members and reunions. However, even in the darkest seasons of sorrow, reasons for gratitude and joy can be found. It’s time to reimagine holidays and discover what matters most about these annual events.


Charlene Lam is a certified grief coach and the founder of The Grief Gallery. She believes we are ALL curators after a loved one dies. She helps bereaved people feeling burdened by all “the stuff” (physical and emotional) after a death to feel lighter and more capable of moving forward. The Grief Gallery presents exhibits about death and grief during international design events, including NYCxDESIGN, DesignTO (Toronto) and the London Design Festival.

Dr. Julie Shaw (she/her) is an educator, grief wellness expert, and experienced griever committed to building an inclusive community of grievers who are ready to find ways to integrate grief into their lives and continue to thrive. She is the founder of the Hello I‘m Grieving community. She’s also a former professional basketball player, collegiate women’s basketball coach for 15 years, and the co-founder of Lead Different Consulting where she works with global leaders in diverse industries and facilitates sessions on leadership development, DEI, and grief education.


Workshop Community Gathering Celebration & Remembrance
Grief Isolation & Connection