Death is notable for its universality, but death and dying are often experienced differently by those in the LGBTQ community. Disparities associated with social inequality as well as institutionalized homophobia and transphobia greatly affect the mental and physical health of LBGTQ persons worldwide. The Center for Disease Control stresses the “need for culturally competent medical care and prevention services” specific to this population.
Join death educator Amy Cunningham, trust and estate attorney Michael Bond, Esq., funeral celebrant Donna Henes, and Teresa Theophano, Assistant Director of Care Management Services at SAGE, the advocacy group for LGBTQ elders, in a conversation about death, dying, and funeral rituals in the LGBTQ community. Panelists will explore a range of topics, including historic precedents (among them the discovery of a same sex couple’s tomb in ancient Egypt), the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the rise of alternative bereavement, and the creation of non-traditional families when many churches and families of LGBTQ people turned their backs on – or failed to recognize – their LGBTQ members. Attendees will also learn about vital end-of-life related planning materials.
Free to attend, RSVP recommended. Please register using the Eventbrite box below.