Skip to main content

Grief and loss theory in social work practice: All changes involve loss, just as all losses require change

Buy Article:

$53.17 plus tax (Refund Policy)


Working with and recognising grief and loss issues have long been identified as one of the core skills of social work practice. Despite its centrality, the exploration and application of grief and loss theory from a perspective other than death and dying has received sporadic attention in social work literature. This paper begins with a personal reflection from practice, which provided the catalyst writing in the first place. The concepts of grief and loss are then discussed in relation to losses other than death and dying. An analysis of historical and contemporary theories of grief and loss will then be explored, with the author advancing a theoretically expansive approach to grief and loss. This theoretical approach is one that is consistent with social work practice and is committed to diversity of experience and clients’ strengths, as it adopts a framework for practice, which is constantly mindful of the context and meaning systems of social work clients.

Keywords: grief and loss theory; meaning-making; social constructionism

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2005


Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more