AIDS survivor grief: Varying perspectives



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Texas Tech University


Personal reflection on these past 14-plus years full of disease, death, anxiety, depression, and panic is not an easy task. The first thought that comes to mind is one of severe grief--specifically AIDS survivor grief. In many ways, these grief-ridden years of the AIDS crisis seem like something out of a science fiction novel that is not "real life." Hopefully, the search for a cure will eventually lead to an AIDS-free world. As the author of this thesis on AIDS survivor grief, I so desperately want to look forward to a time once again where being gay will mean something happy and healthy versus something sick, dying, and grieving. On a more optimistic note, this paper should challenge each reader to remind himself or herself of ail the compassion and dedication that has been demonstrated throughout the worldwide gay community with regard to confronting and coping with this international epidemic. I must believe in my heart that the international gay community has been somehow strengthened by this intense catastrophe and that, someday, we will be enhanced as a global community through our dealings with the AIDS disease, the dying process, and the continual varying perspectives of AIDS survivor grief. The gay community worldwide has already accomplished a significant amount of what were thought to be impossible and unimaginable feats. Least of these accomplishments revolve around the ability to cope with such an immense amount of disease, death, and perpetual grief.



AIDS (Disease) -- Psychological aspects, Grief, AIDS (Disease) -- Patients x Family relationships