Care and Loss: LGBTQ+ experiences in end-of-life care

METRO supported Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice to develop its practice around LGBTQ+ inclusion, providing sexual orientation and gender identity awareness training. As part of this project, we also created this short film on people’s lived experiences of palliative care.

These frank and intimate memories reveal the agency that partners have in advocating for their terminally ill loved ones: surviving partners who advocated for others, proactively shaping the inclusive care they received. The testimonies also show partners who have challenged discrimination even after death, and who continue to campaign for change with their allies. This campaign is vital. Compassion in Care, through its advocacy work, has reports of 423 instances of homophobic abuse.

Emma Jones, METRO's Head of Insight

The hospice is committed to ensuring that palliative care services for the LGBTQ+ community improve, and to working with other organisations so that together we can drive change. Our collaboration with METRO has been invaluable. Both the training they provided to our staff, and the film we jointly created with members of the community highlighting issues in care, are essential steps to ensuring better support is given to LGBTQ+ people across south London. We are proud of our work together and will continue to strive to improve awareness of issues faced by the community.

Jon Devlin, Associate Director of Partnerships at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

METRO is committed to addressing the issues which the Care and Loss film highlights. Along with Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, as well as other care providers, campaigners and researchers, METRO is calling for equitable, inclusive, palliative care.

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