Dr. Harold Ivan Smith

Grief Support Network (GSN) would like to take this opportunity to pay a special tribute to Dr. Harold Ivan Smith who will be relocating to begin a new adventure. Dr. Smith has been a long-time contributor to GSN, serving as a board member for many years where he provided his extensive, professional expertise for program and conference planning, and decision making. He has also shared his knowledge, at least annually, with a presentation to our membership, or at the annual conference. He has shown himself to be a great friend, and committed servant, to our Metro area through GSN and his many other professional associations throughout our city. Dr. Smith, please accept this expression of our deepest gratitude for your faithful service. We wish you all good things as you follow the path to the next venture. We will greatly miss you!
Bio: Harold Ivan Smith
Harold Ivan Smith is a bereavement specialist on the teaching faculty of Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, and a celebrant for Speaks Memorial Chapels, Independence, Missouri. He has earned graduate degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University—Class of ‘69, Scarritt College (MA), Vanderbilt University (EdS), and Asbury Theological Seminary (DMin).
His research on grief in White House families has led to Eleanor: A Spiritual Biography [Westminister John Knox Press] which is the first book to explore how her spirituality shaped her activism.
Harold Ivan just spent a stint at the Reagan Archives studying Ronald
Reagan as first-condoler. He is an honorary Truman Fellow at the Harry Truman Institute. His current writing projects are on the 100th Anniversary of the Spanish Flu Epidemic and a major project on Harry Truman.
He is recognized as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. The International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference in 2017 honored Smith with the Robert Fulton Award for Outstanding University Teaching, Research, Publication, and Professional Service in the Field of Death, Dying and Bereavement.
He has authored: On Grieving the Death of a Father; Grieving the Death of a Mother, Grieves Ask, When a Friend Dies (Augsburg Press); When You Don’t Know What to Say; When a Child You Know Is Grieving, When Your People Are Grieving: Leading in Times of Loss, and A Decembered Grief.
He has also published two academic books for clinicians: Friendgrief: An Absence Called Presence (Baywood) and Borrowed Narratives: Using Historical and Biographical Narratives with the Bereaving.  (Rutledge).
He is well known for his storytelling.