Former Vice President Joe Biden knows what it is like to grieve.
Back in the 70s, he lost his wife and daughter to a car crash. Then again in 2015 his son Beau passed away from brain cancer.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN, Vice President Biden talked about what advice he would give to anyone dealing with loss.
It Will Take A Long Time
While the person is physically gone, Biden said that they will always be with you.
Biden talked about how he asked himself questions like ‘can I make it through this?’
He shares that one thing he did was take sheets of paper and every day put write how you feel on a scale of 1 to 10. Then, look back at these six months later.
But he does acknowledge that the loss never goes away. But, when you see those numbers get further apart, you know you can make it.
Don’t Say That You Understand
That is, of course, unless you do…
Find a Purpose
Finding a contribution that you can make can help. Biden recommends finding something that is connected with your loss. Most importantly he stresses to not walk away from everything; turning inward.
‘When you can think of the person and smile before a tear you know you will be ok.’
An Opportunity For Compassion
Finishing up the interview, Anderson Cooper mentioned a quote that he remembered from Scottish Reverand Ian Maclaren who said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
Biden responded with one of his favorite quotes from Kierkegaard: “Faith sees best in the dark.”