The Memoirist
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The Memoirist

100-word memoir

As Joe lay dying

Grief in the Time of AIDS

1991. Joe lay dying of AIDS.

His once jolly, happy-go-lucky, friendly face now sunken and covered in puss-filled boils. His skeletal body was unrecognizable in the dingy county hospital ward bed.

“I can’t do it,” she sobbed. She stood at a distance near the foot of his bed. Fear and stigma…



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Janet Mary Cobb (she/her)

Janet writes to make sense of life, challenge the status quo, and encourage everyone to live authentically and radically good lives — to work for a just world.