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Led by Dr Katherine Bristowe and Professor Richard Harding, conducted by Dr Liadh Timmins, and funded by Marie Curie.


ACCESSCare B is exploring the bereavement outcomes for LGB (lesbian, gay, or bisexual) and heterosexual bereaved partners.


By comparing the experience of bereavement for LGB and heterosexual people who have lost a partner, the aim is to understand whether there are different bereavement needs and outcomes, and how care may need to personalised to meet these. The findings will be embedded into training for palliative care, and used to inform support resources for those facing bereavement.


The project involves a survey of bereaved people in England and Wales who have recently lost their partner or spouse. In addition, in-depth qualitative interviews will be conducted with carefully selected LGB and heterosexual survey participants, to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences.


The ACCESSCare B study commenced in June 2017, and is ongoing.


This study is conducted in collaboration the GMFA, assisted by the Office for National Statistics, and funded by Marie Curie.


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This webpage presents independent research funded by the terminal illness charity, Marie Curie, and carried out by King’s College London. Marie Curie supports research into palliative and end of life care to improve the care that is provided to people affected by any terminal illness.



Please get in touch with the ACCESSCare B team for more information on




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