About Me

Harold Ivan Smith is a grief specialist on the teaching faculties of Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, and the Carondolet Medical Institute in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

He is recognized as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. He received the Distinguished Service Award from ADEC in 2009.

He earned the doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary and the EdS. from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He graduated from the MidAmerican School of Funeral Service.

He speaks frequently to grievers and grief counselors and educators. He has lectured in Vietnam, Taiwan, Switzerland, England and Haiti. He has facilitated Grief Gatherings, creative storytelling groups for grievers, at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, for eighteen years.

His primary research is on borrowing narratives from the grief of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies.   His book, Griefkeeping: Learning How Long Grief Lasts, chronicles the grief of sixteen presidents and eight first ladies.