25 Int'l Soc. Work i (1982)

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   Make   it possible for them to  talk...
 This was  Eileen Younghusband's  advice  to
 young social workers at a seminar on ageing
 on how to help people deal with bereavement.
 She  spoke of a  sadness, an emptiness  at
 the centre  when   close relationships are
 sundered by death, and  added:  . . .to talk
 helps a little bit.. . Thus, when the news
 of Dame  Eileen's sudden death in an auto-
 mobile  accident on  May   27,  1981,  sent
 shock waves around the world, friends called
 each other across countries and continents;
 they went to each other's homes, they wrote
 letters and sent cables - all in an effort to
 relieve 'the sadness and fill the emptiness
 with talk of the tragic loss and of shared
 memories.
   This special issue of International Social
 Work  has been conceived and  produced, in
 part, as an extension of that healing experi-
 ence and, in part, as a useful record, albeit
 informal and  spontaneous, of the achieve-
 ments of an extraordinary woman.  A  most
 rare and admirable  social worker is how
 one of the contributors has described her.
 A reporter who had never met  Dame  Eileen
 confessed to initial scepticism about  the
 unbelievable superhuman   dimension   so
 characteristic of memorial tributes, but con-
 cluded at the end of the service of thanks-
 giving for Eileen Younghusband   that this
 one was  different. At  the  end  of  the
 day, she said, you  were  left with  the
 impression that there is a place for eulogy,
particularly when it is backed by  the very
real  conviction  of  those  attending  the
service.


                    PROLOGUE
   That  conviction is reflected in the con-
 tents of this special issue. Eileen Young-
 husband's contributions, as recounted in the
 published testimonials and other tributes in
 this collection, attest to her influence on
 social policy and the social services in her
 own  country and  on social work education
 in every continent. They speak of her talent
 for quiet but  firm leadership; her  ability
 to bring out  the best in students, friends,
 and colleagues; her foresight, creativity, and
 readiness to listen and to try out new ideas;
 her capacity for hard work; her  prodigious
 output  of scholarly work and personal com-
 munications; and  very much  more.

   Of  her many  gifts, perhaps the one that
stands out  most clearly as the greatest was
her  talent for friendship. The  letters and
comments   reveal how many   different circles
of  friends there were and  how   easily she
moved   from  one  to the  other. Her   wit,
wisdom,   and  warmth   shine  through  the
shared  memories of the many   friends, leav-
ing no  doubt that she was one  of the most
influential, best known, and dearly beloved
social workers ever to grace the profession.

   The  idea of a memorial  issue to honour
and  perpetuate the memory  of Dame  Eileen
was  suggested by the Board  of Directors of
the International Association of Schools of
Social Work   and  welcomed  by  representa-
tives of the International Council on Social
Welfare,  the  International Federation  of
Social Workers, and the editor of the journal.
The  materials that have been  collected by
no  means  cover everything  that has been

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