Vice President Joe Biden’s 9/11 Meditation on Loss: VIDEO


Though the anniversary of 9/11 has passed, I hadn't seen this stunning, compassionate speech given by VP Joe Biden at the Shanksville, Pennsylvania memorial. It will resonate with everyone who has experienced deep grief over the loss of a loved one.

For no matter how many anniversaries you experience, for at least an instant, the terror of that moment returns; the lingering echo of that phone call; that sense of total disbelief that envelops you, where you feel like you’re being sucked into a black hole in the middle of your chest.

My hope for you all is that as every year passes, the depth of your pain recedes and you find comfort, as I have, genuine comfort in recalling his smile, her laugh, their touch. And I hope you’re as certain as I am that she can see what a wonderful man her son has turned out to be, grown up to be; that he knows everything that your daughter has achieved, and that he can hear, and she can hear how her mom still talks about her, the day he scored the winning touchdown, how bright and beautiful she was on that graduation day, and know that he knows what a beautiful child the daughter he never got to see has turned out to be, and how much she reminds you of him. For I know you see your wife every time you see her smile on your child’s face. You remember your daughter every time you hear laughter coming from her brother’s lips. And you remember your husband every time your son just touches your hand...


(h/t david mixner)

Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:11am ETC by Andy Towle
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