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Palliative care
LGBT+-specific experiences of partner bereavement suggest avoiding assumptions, promoting agency in disclosure and using inclusive communication as key to safe, accessible, supportive care
  1. Korijna Valenti
  1. General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO, USA
  1. Correspondence to Korijna Valenti, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO 80045, USA; korijna.valenti{at}

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Commentary on: Bristowe K, Timmins L, Braybrook D, Marshall S, Pitman A, Johnson K, Day E, Clift P, Rose R, Yi D, Yu P, Gao W, Roach A, Almack K, King M, Harding R. LGBT+ partner bereavement and appraisal of the Acceptance-Disclosure Model of LGBT+ bereavement: a qualitative interview study. Palliat Med. 2022 Nov 25:2692163221138620. doi: 10.1177/02692163221138620. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • Greater respect for autonomy and understanding of cultural or social identities in communication efforts will promote LGBT+ person-centred, equitable care.

  • The Acceptance–Disclosure Model may help inform research, including interventions in support of bereaved LGBT+ people.


Support for bereaved individuals is essential following the death of a spouse or partner; otherwise, physical and psychosocial stressors may occur, including prolonged grief.1 2 Recently, research has indicated a need for greater support for bereaved LGBT+ people.3 The potential for their loss to lead to isolation, marginalisation and discrimination is a …

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