Joe Biden's Heartbreaking Family Tragedies: The Man Lost His Wife, Daughter And Son
June 6, 2018 12:29 By Fabiosa
The most horrible tragedy that can happen to any parent is losing their child. Joe Biden happened to experience such horror twice in his life. In addition to this, he also lost his wife. We can only imagine how this man can withstand the grief, especially knowing he could do nothing to save them.
Losing his wife and daughter
It was 1972, one month after winning the first Senate race, Joe received some devastating news – his wife Neilia and 13-month-old daughter Naomi had died in a car accident. Beau and Hunter, who also were in the car, were also badly injured, but survived the crash. This happened just a week before Christmas. Joe was absolutely broken. Later he commented:
For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide. Not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts, because they had been to the top of the mountain, and they just knew in their heart they would never get there again. I remember looking up and saying, ‘God,’ as if I was talking to God myself, ‘You can’t be good, how can you be good?’
Joe Biden decided to devote himself to his two sons and become the greatest dad like his own father was. Joe introduced the rule, where Beau and Hunter could go to work with him no matter what. He really tried to be attentive as much as possible. In 1977, Joe Biden married Jill Biden. The two are parents to the daughter, Ashley, who is 34 years old now.
The trio of men have always supported each other, but it is especially wonderful how Beau and Hunter have always been there for their father:
Every time I'd wanna just pack it in, all of a sudden I'd feel one of them climbing in bed — I mean, even when they were 15 years old. 'Hey, Dad, come on, you OK?'
Losing his son, Beau.
But the family received another tough blow, when in May 2015, Beau Biden died because of brain cancer. He was 46, was married to Hallie Biden, and the last days he spent at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, fighting the disease. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it. The vice president said in a statement shortly after this:
It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.
The first symptoms (if related) occurred in 2010, when Beau suffered a mild stroke. Then, in 2013, he experienced episodes of disorientation and weakness. Reportedly, the doctors at the University of Texas diagnosed brain cancer and performed a successful brain surgery. Beau also underwent radiation and chemo treatment. However, two years later, cancer came back and this time it was merciless.
How to cope with grief?
Such tragedies can break anybody. They can crush you like a hammer crushes a small crystal glass. Nevertheless, Joe is still with us and trying to hold on. Maybe this is why he is so special? He clearly understands grief better than most of us, as he lived with it most of his life:
There will come a day, 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.
We wish Joe Biden and his family health and strength to strive for happiness!