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Joe Biden Reveals His ‘Overwhelming Advantage’ to Overcoming Grief After the Death of His First Wife and Daughter

President Joe Biden recently reflected on the tragic car accident that changed his life forever in 1972, leading to the sudden death of his first wife, Neilia Hunter Biden, and his baby daughter, Naomi. Speaking on the “On Purpose With Jay Shetty” podcast on Monday, July 31, the 80-year-old president emphasized the crucial role his close family played in helping him through the devastating loss.

Following the accident, where a tractor-trailer broadsided Neilia’s station wagon, their sons, 4-year-old Beau, and 3-year-old Hunter, were left badly injured with multiple fractures. President Biden himself was not involved in the accident, but the aftermath brought immense grief.

In this challenging time, President Biden found immense support from his siblings. He shared how his sister and her husband immediately gave up their apartment and moved in to help raise his kids when he returned from the hospital. His brother also converted the barn loft into an apartment for himself to be closer and lend support.

President Biden highlighted the profound impact of his close-knit family during this trying period, stating that his best friends in life are his sister and brothers. He stressed the importance of reaching out to those going through tough times and offering support, as he experienced firsthand how it can make a significant difference.

Throughout his years as a senator in a small state, President Biden attended many funerals, and he learned the importance of showing up and offering solace to those grieving. He emphasized the value of reaching out to let people know they are seen and supported, even if it is not always easy.

In sharing his own experiences of grief and the support he received from his family and others, President Biden expressed the importance of empathy and connection during challenging times.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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