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.
|Title of host publication
|Ageing, Men and Social Relations
|Subtitle of host publication
|New Perspectives on Masculinities and Men’s Social Connections in Later Life
|Paul Willis, Ilkka Pietilä, Marjaana Seppänen
|Place of Publication
|Number of pages
|Published - 2023
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