Grief and loss: a social work perspective

Jenny Simpson

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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 that have led to the profession as a whole experiencing disenfranchised grief. The 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-90
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number1
Early online date2 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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