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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151632
Type:
Presentation
Title:
When a Partner Dies: Lesbian Widows
Abstract:
When a Partner Dies: Lesbian Widows
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2004
Conference Date:July 22-24, 2004
Author:Bent, Katherine, RN, PhD, CNS
P.I. Institution Name:VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Title:Associate Chief, Nursing Service-Research
Co-Authors:J. Kathy Magilvy, RN, PhD, FAAN
Background:The death of a life-partner and subsequent bereavement is a profound experience for an individual. Widowhood has been well studied and literature on the loss of a spouse is plentiful. However, by far the majority of research reported is focused on heterosexual couples, primarily married and often in the later years of life. Research on the loss of a homosexual partner is limited. Purpose:A need exists to understand and describe the meaning of widowhood for middle and older adult lesbians. The purpose of this study was to describe the bereavement experiences of lesbians whose life-partners have died. Methods: The study used descriptive qualitative design, informed by phenomenology and feminist inquiry. Data were generated by in-depth, open-ended interviewing of six participants. Recurring themes and patterns were identified in each story that described the phenomenon of the bereavement experience across participants. Trustworthiness of findings was supported by addressing credibility, dependability, transferability, and authenticity. Results/Outcomes: Analysis suggests themes about reflection and the end of life experience. The narrative of death and loss is non-linear and contextual, within which the presence or absence of support from family and friends is interwoven with the end of life experience. Threads emerge around questions of long-term bereavement, interventions, and potential health outcomes, such as the ability to put aside the experience and value oneself, one’s partner, and the shared relationship. Implications: Many of these women have not had opportunities to tell their stories and develop insight into the meaning of the bereavement experiences. Understanding the experiences and interventions that are facilitative or barriers to successful bereavement will be helpful to both lesbians and possibly gay men facing impending loss and health professionals who interact with these individuals.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
22-Jul-2004
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleWhen a Partner Dies: Lesbian Widowsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151632-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">When a Partner Dies: Lesbian Widows</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 22-24, 2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Bent, Katherine, RN, PhD, CNS</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Chief, Nursing Service-Research</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">katherine.bent@med.va.gov</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">J. Kathy Magilvy, RN, PhD, FAAN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Background:The death of a life-partner and subsequent bereavement is a profound experience for an individual. Widowhood has been well studied and literature on the loss of a spouse is plentiful. However, by far the majority of research reported is focused on heterosexual couples, primarily married and often in the later years of life. Research on the loss of a homosexual partner is limited. Purpose:A need exists to understand and describe the meaning of widowhood for middle and older adult lesbians. The purpose of this study was to describe the bereavement experiences of lesbians whose life-partners have died. Methods: The study used descriptive qualitative design, informed by phenomenology and feminist inquiry. Data were generated by in-depth, open-ended interviewing of six participants. Recurring themes and patterns were identified in each story that described the phenomenon of the bereavement experience across participants. Trustworthiness of findings was supported by addressing credibility, dependability, transferability, and authenticity. Results/Outcomes: Analysis suggests themes about reflection and the end of life experience. The narrative of death and loss is non-linear and contextual, within which the presence or absence of support from family and friends is interwoven with the end of life experience. Threads emerge around questions of long-term bereavement, interventions, and potential health outcomes, such as the ability to put aside the experience and value oneself, one&rsquo;s partner, and the shared relationship. Implications: Many of these women have not had opportunities to tell their stories and develop insight into the meaning of the bereavement experiences. Understanding the experiences and interventions that are facilitative or barriers to successful bereavement will be helpful to both lesbians and possibly gay men facing impending loss and health professionals who interact with these individuals.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:08:33Z-
dc.date.issued2004-07-22en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:08:33Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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