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Curating Grief: Loss and Objects

About the Film

In Curating Grief: Loss and Objects, filmmaker Jamie Max Lee invites audiences on an emotional and introspective journey through grief. Partnering with Grief Coach and Founder of the Grief Gallery Charlene Lam, Jamie delves into the intricacies of loss, and the objects left behind after a loved one dies.

Set against beautiful scenes of Lisbon, this ambitious project shows Jamie and Charlene bravely sharing cherished objects from their departed parents. Through the lens of Charlene’s expertise, the film also becomes a poignant exploration of the ties that bind individuals to their lost loved ones through objects and stories.

In heartfelt dialogue between Jamie and Charlene, the film brings to surface some of the nuances of grief, highlighting both the differences and shared threads that weave through their respective experiences of loss.

This is a personal and emotional film exploring the filmmakers relationship with grief and mental health in a vulnerable and open discussion with the audience.

The film is currently doing its first festival circuit and will be available to watch later in 2024.


Charlene Lam | @curating_grief
Jamie Max Lee @jmaxleedoc



Directed and Produced by
Jamie Max Lee

Charlene Lam
Jamie Max Lee

Director of Photography
Max Littlechilds
Sam Coombes

Sound Mix
Josh Brown

Josh Brown | soundtrack 

Cam Ops
Max Littlechilds
Jamie Max Lee
Sam Coombes
Eglė Duleckytė


[A]-Space – Lisbon
Ma-Bo – Lisbon
Desperate Men Studio – Bristol
On Location in Lisbon

Jamie Max Lee
Sam Coombes

Colour Production
Jai Mhach Durban

Dan Levy

Post Production

Archive images provided by
Jamie Max Lee
Charlene LaM

Image Upscale and Parallax
Amil Sadekin

Poster and Title Design
Holly Westall

Kit Rental
Yellow Cactus
Digital Azul

Special Thanks
Rui Guerreiro
Jack Gustafson
Agueda Silva
Judy Lee


I’m Charlene

After my mother died suddenly in 2013, I leaned into my creativity and instincts as a curator to guide myself through grief.

Now I help other people with their grief and experiences of loss. As founder and curator of The Grief Gallery™, I present exhibitions and events about grief and loss. As a certified grief coach, I use my Curating Grief framework to help people process grief and loss in a creative, accessible way.

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Charlene Lam

I help grieving people to feel lighter and less burdened after losing a loved one, using the lens of curating and the tools of coaching.

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