Jill Biden says writing autobiography helped her deal with death of stepson

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 May 15, 2023

During an event last week, First Lady Jill Biden saud she dealt with a dark chapter in her life by writing a book.  

According to WDEL, Biden made that remark this past Tuesday while speaking to the children and siblings of fallen military personnel.

First lady recalls loss of her stepson Beau

"It takes courage to write but it's worth it, because it helps us glue ourselves back together. It connects to those who carry their own grief, reminds us that we aren't alone. And you are not alone," the first lady declared.

Biden explained that she was at one point approached by a publishing house about writing an autobiography. However, she stressed that "there was one thing I did not want to talk about: My son Beau."

Beau Biden was born to President Joe Biden's first wife, Neilia Biden, and served as Delaware's attorney general. He died of brain cancer in 2015.

The first lady explained that upon writing her book in 2017 she found that "even the best memories were laced with pain."

Writing gave Biden "the strength to carry" her sorrow

"I felt like his loss was crushing me, and I worried that shining a light on it would only make it grow. So I told my team that he was off limits," Biden recalled.

"But then one day I found myself writing words without thinking. 'I'm shattered,' I scribbled on a yellow notebook," the first lady said.

Biden compared herself to a piece of broken china that had been repaired, stating, "The cracks may be imperceptible, but they're there. Look closely and you can see the glue holding me together."

She stressed that "there were days when I felt like it took all of my strength to keep my grief inside of me, but when I wrote, I didn't have to. I could let it spill out, messy and melancholy and mad."

While Biden said that writing about her stepson's death "didn't make my sorrow smaller," she added that the experience "helped give me the strength to carry it."

President criticized for saying his son died in Iraq

President Joe Biden regularly invokes his son's death and has been criticized for suggesting that it was due to his military service in Iraq.

According to the New York Post, an example of that was seen last year when the president was telling an audience about the heroism of soldiers in World War II.

"I say this as a father of a man who won the Bronze Star, the Conspicuous Service Medal, and lost his life in Iraq," Biden said.

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