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Lgbt End Of Life And Bereavement Experiences

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Where a person lives, how they were previously treated, and societal perceptions all affect how a person seeks out assistance during end of life and bereavement. Many LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) identified individuals, especially older LGBT adults, and their caregivers must navigate the difficult end of life transitions and bereavement with additional stress, anxiety, and discomfort added by the lack of cultural sensitivity of service providers and healthcare facilities. In 2012 it was estimated that 4-10% of the global population was LGBT (Rawlings, 2012, p. 29). This number is likely underestimated, however it shows that services providers are likely seeing and working with LGBT individuals and caregivers on a regular basis. Although research is very limited on this topic, this paper will present what current literature says about LGBT end of life and bereavement experiences, analyze the issues the research presents, and provide practice considerations. This paper relates to many of the core competencies of this course. One core competency is “2.1.4 Engage diversity and difference in practice”. This paper will look at LGBT individual’s life experiences and how their intersections of identities such as how being LGBT and an older adult can be oppressing and marginalizing. Other core competencies that this paper relates to include “2.1.5 Advance human rights and social and economic justice”, “2.1.7 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social
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