"Around the Horn" host Tony Reali spoke powerfully about grieving after a devastating loss.
1. If you do one thing today, take 94 seconds and watch the emotional speech that Tony Reali gave yesterday on recently losing a child. It's raw and hard to get through, but it's unbelievably important for many reasons.
The Around the Horn host was expecting twins earlier this month. Moments before childbirth, one of the babies, his son Amadeo, passed. Reali appeared briefly on Around the Horn on Monday to share his feelings on humanity and grieving and what's going on in this country.
Reali had shared the story of what he was going through via Twitter a day earlier -- Father's Day.
Heartened by Father’s Day wishes.— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 17, 2018
In recognition that this day like all things in life could mean different things to different people -parent and child, positive and negative-I’d like to speak here about fathers who’ve experienced loss.
This month I became one.
The duality of all this - the anguish and the joy - is impossible to grasp. But it’s one we know we must navigate. For me that means two things: giving voice to our feelings, and allowing others to lift us when we can’t shoulder the load of those feelings.— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 17, 2018
The heaviness of giving a eulogy for a son who never had a chance to breathe. Having to talk to our just-old-enough-to-know daughter who was expecting two siblings. These are impossible moments; how can any parent go forward? Ever be whole?— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 17, 2018
Consider that grief could mean meeting ourselves where we actually are. That’s what I’m talking about when I talk about navigating feelings. Recognizing we didn’t get to know Amadeo- but sure as anything we felt him. Felt his kicks, felt his presence. That feeling is life.— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 17, 2018
I am not somebody who thinks everything happens for a reason. I’ve spent time here* & here* pledging that it’s ok to not be ok. For me the recognition that life can be out of our control is necessary; how we respond is what we do control, and it’s pivotal and determining.— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 17, 2018
But what if it requires more than that? How we choose to respond, but also: how others positively respond to us, for us. And that’s what I’m talking about when I talk about allowing others to lift us.— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 17, 2018
Example: In our instance, a twin stroller is on every block, an expectant family at every park. That can pierce your heart, but you can let it pierce your every day. Or a day like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it’s even trickier.— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 17, 2018
Isn’t grief part and proof of humanity?— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 17, 2018
What if it’s humanity you need to open yourself up to? To allow to shepherd you through trials of grief?
And what if we extend that to trials of different kinds: unhealth, self doubt, self hate, addiction, intolerance, sexism, racism, ageism, xenophobia, homophobia, lack of empathy. Isn’t loss part of all those in the systemic taking away of our ourselves and what makes us human?— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 17, 2018
And that possibility there makes this all the more challenging. We need the humanity to get through everything but what if we need humanity to be better?— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 17, 2018
A family day where families are dealing with loss because families are torn apart is not a family day. It’s not a human day.
The name Amadeo means God’s Love.— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 17, 2018
May we all be open to seeing it in ourselves, may we be strong enough to receive it from others, compassionate enough to give it to others, and courageous enough to demand it from others.
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