Joe Biden Has Opened Up About The Grief Of Losing His Wife, Daughter And Eventually His Son Too

A tragic yet beautiful personal story.

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Ex-Vice president and eternal Barack Obama bro Joe Biden has recently opened up about how he coped with grief when his son, Beau Biden, passed away.

The 74 year-old Democrat is releasing a new book called Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose which talks about how he dealt with Beau's death.

Beau Biden died in 2015 at the age of 46 from a brain tumour called glioblastoma. Beau apparently told his father Joe that he must be ok with his death, so he can help look after the wife and children Beau left behind.

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Beau Biden and Joe Biden in 2009

Biden is, unfortunately, no stranger to grief since a car crash in 1972 killed his first wife Neilia Hunter and daughter Naomi Christina. His sons, Beau and Hunter, were the only survivors.

Barack Obama awards Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2017

In an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, on Tuesday night, Pennsylvania-born Biden explained how he coped with the grief:

'The only way I was able to get through it last time was to have a sense of purpose and to do something that I think then Neilia and my daughter would be proud of me, and now, that Beau would be proud of me.'

Joe and Dr. Jill Biden at the Inaugural Ball 2013

Since remarried to Jill Biden (they wed in 1975) and with a daughter of their own (Ashley Blazer) Biden's story is ultimately one of hope, proving there is light at the end of the tunnel:

I wanted to give people hope that through purpose you can find your way through grief. Think of all the people today who got up this morning and didn't have any help at all, and lost someone they desperately, desperately missed, and they put one foot in front of the other and they move and they keep going.

Inspirational stuff.

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