Continuing bonds with deceased gay partners in mid and later life

Lefteris Patlamazoglou, Janette Graetz Simmonds, Tristan Leslie Snell, Damien W. Riggs

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In many respects, death is a culturally expected part of human relationships, particularly intimate relationships between couples in mid and later life. For gay men specifically, death in the context of an intimate relationship has a salient history, namely the HIV- related deaths of many gay men from the 1980s onwards. Outside of this specific bereavement context, however, and like most intimate relationships, gay men may experience the loss of a partner for a diversity of reasons. Yet to date, the non- HIV- related bereavement experiences of gay men have received little attention (Patlamazoglou et al, 2018). This chapter explores the experiences of a sample of Australian older gay men who were grappling with the loss of a partner arising from cancer, heart and lung related illnesses, as well as their connections with the deceased.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgeing, Men and Social Relations
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives on Masculinities and Men’s Social Connections in Later Life
EditorsPaul Willis, Ilkka Pietilä, Marjaana Seppänen
Place of PublicationBristol UK
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781447363088, 9781447363071
ISBN (Print)9781447363057
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • Same-sex relationships
  • Loss
  • Bereavement
  • Well-being


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