Grief and Loss

Sara Sanders, Matthew Tvedte and Mercedes Espinal-Lujan

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press

Published online February 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI:

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This article summarizes the history of grief theory and provides an overview of major theoretical frameworks for understanding grief and grief work. Specific types of losses are defined and described, including the newer concept of community grief and loss. Interventions for individuals, groups, and communities are outlined, followed by a discussion of the role of social workers in addressing grief and loss.

Keywords: grief; loss; mourning; bereavement; social worker

Article.  10680 words. 

Subjects: Mental and Behavioural Health ; Occupations, Professions, and Work

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