Friend Grief and AIDS:

Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
56 Pages
Reviewed on 12/20/2013
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Author Biography

Victoria Noe has been a writer most of her life, but didn’t admit it until 2009.

After earning a masters in Speech & Dramatic Art from the University of Iowa, she moved to Chicago, where she worked professionally as a stage manager, director and administrator in addition to being a founding board member of the League of Chicago Theatres. She then transferred her skills to being a professional fundraiser, raising money for arts, educational and AIDS service organizations, and later an award-winning sales consultant of children’s books. Noe also trained hundreds of people around the country in marketing, event planning and grant writing.

But after a concussion impacted her ability to continue in sales, she switched gears to keep a promise to a dying friend to write a book.

That book is now a series. The first three – Friend Grief and Anger: When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives A Damn; Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends and Friend Grief and 9/11: The Forgotten Mourners were published in 2013. Future books in the series (in 2014) will address grieving friends in the military and workplace grief.

Noe is a member of Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLI), Chicago Writers Association and ACT UP/NY. Her freelance articles have appeared on grief and writing blogs as well as Windy City Times, Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. In addition, she reviews a wide variety of books on BroadwayWorld.com. A native St. Louisan, she is a life-long Cardinals fan

    Book Review

Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers' Favorite

Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends by Victoria Noe is one of a series of books about techniques for handling grief. This particular book speaks to a generation of people who lived through the beginning of an epidemic that has killed a generation of young gay men. Those of us who were there will remember the beginning of the ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) group that was one reaction to the grief we were feeling. The world has learned about the AIDS quilt that has been added to until it is too large to display in one place. Noe identifies both of these reactions as very real techniques for handling the grief – one reaction was very political and the other more artistic. However, both of these techniques addressed the frustration and grief we were feeling.

I was a nurse in a city with a large population of gay men during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Gay men were my co-workers and friends – and I watched most of them die before we even knew much about the disease. Friend Grief and AIDS very clearly identifies the frustration and fear all of us felt during this time. Noe provides a perspective on this time that needs to be shared with those who want to be infected, intentionally seeking partners who are infected. These young people need to read about a time when the infection they want to get was an absolute death sentence. Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends by Victoria Noe should be required reading for those who would dishonor the memory of those who have died from AIDS.