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Sexual orientation

Katherine Cox

in Death, Dying, and Social Differences

Second edition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599295
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731532 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599295.003.0061
Sexual orientation

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This chapter considers sexual orientation as an issue of social difference in relation to death, dying, and bereavement. It explores the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities within palliative care to argue that these groups are disenfranchised within particular socio-cultural norms of what it means to experience end of life loss. It argues that a more open and flexible response is required from practitioners to allow people their unique narrative.

Keywords: palliative care; end of life care; lesbians; gays; bisexuals; transgender; social exclusion

Chapter.  4169 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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