Singer Nick Cave Shares the Harsh Reality of Grief After Losing His 15-Year-Old Son

nick caveOur hearts broke for singer Nick Cave last year when his 15-year-old son Arthur passed away after falling from a cliff while under the influence of LSD, and as parents, we understood why Cave stayed largely silent throughout his incomprehensible grief. But now that the 58-year-old musician is at last opening up about the tragedy, we're listening -- and our hearts are breaking all over again.

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In a trailer for One More Time With Feeling, a documentary about the recording of the new Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album and 3D concert film, Cave contemplates the nature of loss and how it changes us:

"Most of us don't want to change, really," we hear him say, as shadowy black-and-white footage of the band plays.

"But what happens when an event occurs that is so catastrophic that you just change? You change from a known person to an unknown person. So that when you look at yourself in the mirror, you recognize the person that you were, but the person inside the skin is a different person." 

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So haunting, especially with the music:

Terribly, terribly sad. It's the first we've heard from Cave on the topic since a statement released shortly after Arthur's death in which he referred to his son as a "beautiful, happy, loving" boy. To consider what Cave has been through since then is truly horrifying; as the mother of three (my oldest is the same age as Cave's son was when he died), I just can't even begin to wrap my head around it. The fact that Cave has found the strength to carry on, to continue to make music and try to turn the sorrow and anguish he's experiencing into something beautiful ... it's incredibly inspiring.

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Here's wishing Nick Cave, Arthur's twin brother Earl, and their family continued healing and renewed hope. Thanks to his music, Arthur's memory will be cherished for generations to come.

 

Image via Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds/YouTube

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