By Frances Bontrager Greaser
This can be a tale of family's trip with their forty-two 12 months previous son David, who was once HIV confident lengthy earlier than they knew it. In 1988 he used to be significantly in poor health and clinically determined as having AIDS. He died 3 years later.
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What a relief! " The pain of the diagnosis and the implications of his sexuality stabbed Lawrence as forcibly as any blade Page 51 could. How did one accept all this? There is no other pain that equals the pain of hearing a son's death warrant. But the next sentence penetrated even more deeply. ''Dad, I just can't believe in God the way you do. " Tears flowed as if a sponge had been squeezed. But the wall was now cracked, and the tears became a fountain of healing relationships. The discussion which followed was the beginning of open communication and shared love.
Like an anchor on a ship, the heaviness of that act pulled him deeper into an abyss. But when his sexual orientation was complicated by the HIV, he found communication even more difficult. He knew that sometime his family would need to know, but the thought of telling them was excruciating. The wall became higher and thicker. Were not television preachers (and they were the only ones he heard) saying that AIDS was a curse meted out by God? Rejection, condemnation, and confusion surrounded him. In his youth he had been told of a loving God and was baptized in that love.
But discouragement comes easily. And it was raining. We descended in the elevator and followed the hospital employees to the noisy cafeteria. Sandwiches, salads, and fruit were all tightly wrapped, in individual packages. Even the food seemed isolated from contact. We stood in line, listening to the chatter of the employees. In a crowded room, we felt very alone. Did anyone care that we were hurting? David was resting when we returned, so we explored more of the hospital and found the chapel just as Good Friday Mass was ending.
And a time to die: the pain and love of a journey home with AIDS by Frances Bontrager Greaser