publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

Same-sex partner bereavement in older women: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Fiona Juliet Rosalind Eccles; Craig David Murray;
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  • Published: 09 May 2016 Journal: Aging & Mental Health, volume 21, pages 917-925 (issn: 1360-7863, eissn: 1364-6915, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Objectives: Due to the lack of existing literature, the current research explored experiences of same-sex partner bereavement in women over the age of 60. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight women. Transcripts were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results: Three themes were identified which elaborated the experiences of older women who had lost a same-sex partner: (1) being left alone encapsulated feelings of isolation and exclusion; (2) navigating visibility centred on how homophobia led to a lack of recognition of the women's grief; and (3) finding new places to be authentic related women's need for new relation...
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