HIV: ON DYING-PREPARING FOR AND ACCEPTING DEATH

Emotional responses to death
Making decisions about the rest of life
Other people’s reactions to death
The dying person and the caregiver
Balancing living and dying
Death
Dean Lombard: I’ve lost too many friends in too short a time. It gets stronger with each one, closer to home. I haven’t been sleeping too well. I get out of bed and look at the moon. I just stand there. I don’t know why I do that. I go back to bed but can’t sleep. I thought I’d have a longer time. Now I think the time is shorter.
Death is hard to think about, harder to face. The thought of death is slippery, difficult to focus on, surrounded by a cloud of pain and fear. At the same time, the thought is irrepressible; it is impossible to truly ignore. No one with HIV infection ignores the thought of death altogether. “No matter how positive I am, there’s a lingering dark cloud,” said Alan Madison. “With a terminal illness, it’s tick, tick—your time is running out. It’s not like one day it’s on your mind, the next day it’s not. You think a lot about how it will end.”
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HIV: ON DYING-PREPARING FOR AND ACCEPTING DEATHEmotional responses to death Making decisions about the rest of life Other people’s reactions to death The dying person and the caregiver Balancing living and dying Death     Dean Lombard: I’ve lost too many friends in too short a time. It gets stronger with each one, closer to home. I haven’t been sleeping too well. I get out of bed and look at the moon. I just stand there. I don’t know why I do that. I go back to bed but can’t sleep. I thought I’d have a longer time. Now I think the time is shorter.     Death is hard to think about, harder to face. The thought of death is slippery, difficult to focus on, surrounded by a cloud of pain and fear. At the same time, the thought is irrepressible; it is impossible to truly ignore. No one with HIV infection ignores the thought of death altogether. “No matter how positive I am, there’s a lingering dark cloud,” said Alan Madison. “With a terminal illness, it’s tick, tick—your time is running out. It’s not like one day it’s on your mind, the next day it’s not. You think a lot about how it will end.”*220\191\2*

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