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Death, Dying, and Social Differences$
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David Oliviere, Barbara Monroe, and Sheila Payne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599295

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599295.001.0001

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Sexual orientation

Sexual orientation

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(p.191) Chapter 20 Sexual orientation
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Death, Dying, and Social Differences
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Katherine Cox

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599295.003.0061

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

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