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Joe Biden’s Healing Journey Through Grief

In his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination for President, Joe Biden shared the wisdom he has gained through his experiences of loss and grief, saying that he has learned two things in bearing the deaths of his wife, daughter, and son.

First, your loved ones may have left this Earth but they never leave your heart. They will always be with you.

And second, I found the best way through pain and loss and grief is to find purpose.

As God’s children each of us have a purpose in our lives.

Grief counselor Isabel Stenzel Byrnes often meets with my students to share four more lessons she has learned about the grief process, which you can also hear in her Tedx talk, “The Art of Saying Goodbye.” We all need to find ways to acknowledge that people come and go in our lives, crossing our paths, and touching our hearts. If you have ever lost a loved one or some day live long enough to be left behind you too may find some grace in goodbyes.

You can read the Psychology Today blog here:

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