What similarities and differences would you expect to find between the survivors in heterosexual

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What similarities and differences would you expect to find between the survivors in heterosexual

What similarities and differences would you expect to find between the survivors in heterosexual marriages and in gay or lesbian relationships when the spouse or partner dies?

 

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Explanation

Grief and bereavement is a universal way of adjusting to the death of a loved one. The bereavement process differs in different marriages depending on the culture, society, families, and type of marriage.
 

Some similarities can be as follows:

 Loneliness- Loss of a partner leads to loneliness as the survived partner loses one's love, friend, and support system. There may be instances where the survivor misses one's partner. For instance, the partner which died might have some previously assigned task, in terms of household chores. Now that the person is no more with them, their absence might be felt through the chores which are left undone presently.
 Guilt- There may be different feelings; one of them can be guilt. The guilt of being unable to save their partner can make them feel guilty.

 Some difference can be as follows:

 Family- Heterosexual marriages are very common but homo-sexual marriages are still not accepted by society as well as families in a lot of countries. The families may not follow rituals to help survivor cope with the loss or misbehave with them during the funeral or blame the survivor for partner's death, making it hard for the survivor to cope with the incident.
Support - The lack of support from society and social circle can make it difficult for homosexual couples to cope with their partner's loss or come over their loved one's death.

Sample Response

Loss of one's partner and the bereavement process can occur in similar or different ways among hetero-sexual and homo-sexual couples.

Some similarities can be as follows:

 Loneliness- Loss of a partner indicates their physical absence, loss of a loved one, and loss of a friend. While bereavement occurs universally, this makes the other partner lonely irrespective of their sexuality or the type of couple.
Guilt- The feelings of guilt [guilt of survival or guilt of not being able to save the other person] may be present in all types of marriages.

 Some difference can be as follows:

 Family- Homosexual marriages are still not common or legal in many countries, and not in all families can be impolite or not participate in bereavement rituals; at times, couples suffer from discrimination and judgments from their family members and others.
Support- Heterosexual marriages are more supported in society and they gain more physical and emotional support from their close ones, while same-sex partners might be discarded from support, which can create a bigger problem for them to cope with grief and remorse.

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