Bridging The Gap is a project funded by the Co-op.  In 2013 the Co-op carried out research with Stonewall.  Although the research focused on planning ahead and arranging a funeral, it did expose some poor treatment of the LGB+ community when arranging a funeral.  It also showed there are issues when members of the LGB+ community die and their partners (be they civil partners or ‘ordinary’ partners) are not recognised by the wider family as a ‘valid’ member of the family which impacted on the grieving process. 

Cruse Bereavement Care recognise that there is a massive under-representation of LGB+ community members accessing bereavement support services throughout the UK.  Cruse, therefore, want to ensure that members of the LGB+ community get the bereavement support they need, when they need it.  Alongside members of the LGB+ community, Cruse will produce bereavement materials and peer support groups in three locations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.   

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* 1. What is your gender identity?

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* 2. Sexual orientation

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* 3. Age

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* 4. How open are you about your sexual orientation?

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* 5. What was your relationship to the person who died?

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* 6. Can you tell us about the circumstances around the death?

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* 7. What support did you receive from your family/friends at the time of the death?

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* 8. Please can you tell us about any formal bereavement support you had and how this support helped or didn't help you?

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* 9. Can you tell us about any issues you had due to your sexual orientation following your bereavement?  

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* 10. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.  Would you be interested in being part of a focus group or have a one to one interview to talk about your experiences of bereavement?  If yes, please insert your name, email address and telephone number.

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