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I remember: Over the past decade, I have worked as a social worker to the elderly and those with disabilities. During which time, I have closed many case files by writing, “client has deceased … counseling services will be offered to the family, friends, and neighbors.” 

It is a rare work environment that acknowledges the grief of the social worker and other professionals who have served the departed.

I have heard that some social workers attend memorials/wakes of their clients, but for me I rather do something a little more private … something that was taught to me by a hospice social worker. I think it is a beautiful way of making a public declaration of one’s rememberance of a client, while upholding the ethics of the confidentiality.

This method uses only the first name of the deceased client and allows us to use symbolism and ritual when saying our good-byes. Please read the following example, and feel free to e-mail me with your memories and I will include them on this page … (full text).

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