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Joe Biden’s 2012 advice to grieving families

Joe Biden was Widowed Young

News this week US Vice President Joe Biden will visit to Ireland brings to mind a speech he gave back in 2012.

In 1972, twenty nine year old Biden was elected to the US Senate. One week after the election he lost both his wife and daughter in a traffic accident that also injured both his sons.

Understandably, he almost resigned his seat. Despite his grief, he took the oath of office at the hospital bedside of his injured son Beau.


His inspiring speech to the families of fallen US soldiers is a must for anyone who is grieving. He doesn’t tell us the grief ever goes away but says it makes room for other things.

“There will come a day – I promise you, and your parents as well – when the thought of your son or daughter, or your husband or wife, brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye… It will happen.” ~ US Vice President Joe Biden

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About Colette Byrne

Mother to a bright 11 year old daughter, Widowed in 2008 & founder of the Irish bereavement website, Widow.ie. Qualified as a Pharmaceutical Technician back in the day, currently working in Accounts.