My name is Susan Tenney Rossi age 37, and yesterday July 2, 1996 I learned that my beloved brother Peter Tenney, age 40 had just died at 5:15AM PST.
Peter had been battling full-blown AIDs for ten years. He died as he wished at home in the buddhist hospice where he had lived for almost one year.
Although his death was expected and I thought that I had already gone through the stages of grieving, the news seems to have had the same effect as a punch in the stomach. How can I now be an only child?? Peter had always been there to protect me from just about everything - sometimes too many things! I've been known all my life as "Peter's little sister"! I even had sweatshirts made up with that message when we went to DC to see the Names project quilt in 1989.
I would be very interested in hearing from others who have lost someone to this vile disease, particularly siblings.
Susan Tenney Rossi