Greg Adams

Greg Adams

Greg Adams is a social worker at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) where he coordinates the Center for Good Mourning, a grief support and outreach program, and works with bereavement support for staff who are exposed to suffering and loss. His past experience at ACH includes ten years in pediatric oncology and 9 years in pediatric palliative care. He has written for and edited The Mourning News, an electronic grief/loss newsletter, since its beginning in 2004. Greg is also an adjunct professor in the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Graduate School of Social Work where he teaches a grief/loss elective and students are told that while the class is elective, grief and loss are not. In 1985, Greg graduated from Baylor University majoring in social work and religion, and he earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Missouri in 1986. One answer to the question of how he got into the work of grief and death education is that his father was an educator and his mother grew up in the residence part of a funeral home where her father was a funeral director. After growing up in a couple small towns in Missouri south of St. Louis, Greg has lived in Little Rock since 1987. He married a Little Rock native in 1986 and his wife is an early childhood special educator and consultant. Together they have two young adult children—a son in college and a daughter working in-between college and graduate school. Along with his experience in the hospital with death and dying and with working with grieving people of all ages, personal experiences with death and loss have been very impacting and influential. In 1988, Greg’s father-in-law died of an unexpected suicide. In 1996, Greg and his wife lost a child in mid-pregnancy to anencephaly (no brain developed). Greg’s mother died on hospice with cancer in 2008 and his father died after the family decided to stop the ventilator after a devastating episode of sepsis and pneumonia in 2015. Greg has a variety of interests and activities—including slow running, reading, sports, public education, religion, politics, and diversity issues—and is active in his church and community. He is honored to have the opportunity to be a contributor for Open to Hope.


Embracing Helplessness, 15 May 2019

Death as Teacher, 11 Feb 2019

No Choice, Some Choices, and ‘Choosement’, 23 Oct 2018

You Can’t Unfriend the Dead, 14 Aug 2018

Grief is Wild, 15 May 2018

Strong Back, Soft Front: Staying Open to Emotion, 23 Jan 2018

Saying ‘No’ to Holiday Traditions is OK After a Loss, 14 Nov 2017

Let’s Talk About ‘Closure’, 29 Aug 2017

The Switch Stays On: Attachment After a Loss, 03 May 2017

The Grief of Things: Owning and Letting Go, 26 Feb 2017

Grief in the Body Politic: Mourning Lost Elections, 20 Oct 2016

The Challenge of Guilt During Grief, 19 Aug 2016

Spring—A Haunted Season, 11 May 2016

Wearing My Father’s Clothes, 18 Feb 2016

The Grief Breakfast Club’s December Meeting, 03 Dec 2015

Since Nobody’s Perfect, May We Speak Ill of the Dead?, 05 Aug 2015