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I’ve served our community through two pandemics in my lifetime. I help people grieve

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I have seen many sicknesses and deaths as a 75-year-old gay male and ordained interfaith minister and caregiver. For years, individuals, families, and communities have called on me before an impending death and on their darkest days to help with the grieving process and for lost loved ones’ memorial services. From firsthand experience, however, I can say there was no preparing America for the massive loss of life and widespread grief caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yet, as COVID-19 quickly spread throughout the country, leaving record-high deaths and destruction in its wake, I noticed familiar dark shadows and similar bright patterns emerge from another pandemic that reached our shores more than four decades ago: acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

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AIDS is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The AIDS virus ravished the United States in the 1980s, primarily infecting gay men in urban areas. From what we know now, pandemics do not discriminate, nor does the following grief.

Currently, COVID is leaving its mark on all of us. Many of us have either been infected by this virus, know someone who died from […]

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