Grief and loss: a social work perspective

Simpson, Jennifer E. (2012). Grief and loss: a social work perspective. Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress and Coping, 18(1) pp. 81–90.



Despite the wealth of research that exists in the area of death, grief and loss, the scarcity of literature examining the impact upon social work practitioners is troubling. This article initially draws upon a case study to explore this impact through the theoretical framework of disenfranchised grief. Further comment is made regarding the possible factors which have led to the profession as a whole experiencing disenfranchised grief. This article concludes by arguing that practitioners are best served through the use of ‘super-vision’ which enables them to not only examine their practice, but also their response to death, grief and loss.

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