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Same-sex partner bereavement: non-HIV-related loss and new research directions

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posted on 2018-12-01, 00:00 authored by Lefteris Patlamazoglou, Janette G Simmonds, Tristan SnellTristan Snell
The experience of same-sex-attracted people who have lost a partner is neglected in the existing literature on bereavement. Previous research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTIQ) populations tends to focus on the loss of a partner to HIV-related causes, and there is scant research concerning non-HIV-related bereavement. The purpose of this article is to investigate the non-HIV-related bereavement experiences of same-sex partners and to address the potential complications of disenfranchised grief. Coping with the loss of a same-sex partner and the impact of bereavement on subsequent relationships are also discussed. Implications for counseling of bereaved same-sex-attracted individuals are drawn, and recommendations for future psychological research on the experience of bereavement are made.

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Journal

OMEGA - journal of death and dying

Volume

78

Pagination

178-196

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0030-2228

eISSN

1541-3764

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

SAGE Publications

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