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Rod McLeod Morrison

Rod talks about his relationship with his partner who died from AIDS related conditions.

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In a heartfelt audio recording from Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, Rod McLeod Morrison discusses the deep relationship with a partner, spanning over two decades, who ultimately succumbed to AIDS-related conditions. The interview, conducted by Gareth Watkins on April 24, 1999, for 24 minutes, captures Morrison's personal narrative detailing the struggles, intimate moments, and the profound grief encountered through their partner's deteriorating health due to AIDS.

Morrison recalls the initial stages of their partner's illness, highlighting the secrecy and anxiety surrounding the diagnosis, as well as the decision to take on the role of caregiver during the final years. Morrison speaks about the difficulty of watching their partner's health decline, displaying courage and resilience despite the emotional turmoil.

The narration takes the listener through a spectrum of vivid experiences, from incidents demonstrating their partner's independent spirit to the complexities of managing the disease's physical and psychological tolls. Morrison describes the bittersweet strengths and contrasts in their personalities - one being more outspoken and impulsive, while Morrison is described as quieter and more thoughtful, reflecting how these differences complemented their bond.

Morrison also touches on the private nature of their partner, who preferred not to disclose their condition outside of their relationship, rejecting involvement with organizations like the AIDS Foundation due to early issues with confidentiality.

As Morrison recounts the final days, they depict a scene painted with devotion and poignancy; moments where even small gestures like holding hands signified deep connection and shared understanding. The suddenness of their partner's passing one night after seeming improvement left Morrison to grapple with the painful realities of loss, the need to maintain privacy regarding the cause of death to their partner's family, and the subsequent hollow absence that follows the death of a loved one.

The recording captures Morrison's reflections on enduring love, the complexities of caring for someone with a terminal illness, and the nuances of dealing with their partner's wishes, even in death. They describe the poignant and somewhat ironic scenes at the funeral, including a moment where their beloved dogs unexpectedly offered a touch of comfort during a deeply somber time.

Morrison poignantly articulates the persisting pain and sense of loss that lingers years after their partner's passing. They speak about the lasting impact of their love, the void that remains, and the struggle to reimagine life without their partner's presence, which continues to be keenly felt a decade later.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.

Record date:24th April 1999
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-003818).