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Messengers to Heaven

Photo courtesy of TribLocal.

Photo courtesy of TribLocal.

National Association of Social Workers member Joni Newby in Delaware works for Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. Her job involves helping clients overcome grief.

But how does she help a six-year-old boy who lost his beloved grandmother learn to channel his grief into a way to remember and honor her.

“As adults, we have the ability to put names to our emotions, to be self-aware, and to engage in open dialogue with professionals or peers to help cope with the loss,” Newby, MSW, LCSW-C, wrote. “Children, especially young children, struggle to identify and constructively manage these new emotions.

Read this TribLocal article to find out how Newby helped her client. And cheers to TribLocal for spotlighting the special work social workers do.

To learn more about how social workers help clients overcome the death of family members or friends visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Grief and Loss website.


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