First Advisor

Jamie Lange

Date of Award

Spring 6-2024

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and University Honors

Department

Psychology

Language

English

Subjects

LGBT, Deathcare, Representation, Aging

Abstract

This thesis examines the ways that elderly members of the LGBT community lack representation within deathcare systems. Currently, the LGBT community is vastly underrepresented in research relating to the dying process and deathcare. This lack of representation creates barriers for LGBT individuals at the end of their lives and creates difficult end-of-life experiences. I utilized previous research that studied how LGBT populations interact with and are treated by a variety of death care-related systems, including health systems, legal systems, and therapeutic systems. This research highlighted the need for the LGBT community to be better represented within both research relating to these systems and within these systems directly. This thesis argues that without this representation, aging LGBT community members lack safety when dying, and that these systems need to be changed in order to achieve equitable deathcare.

Keywords: LGBT, representation, aging, safety, deathcare.

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