A 96-year-old Man’s Grief Lights Up the World

An elderly man’s grief is inspiring people around the world thanks to the work of Green Shoe Studio.  Possible you are one of the millions who have already heard the story.

thAbout a month after his wife died, Fred Stobaugh wrote a love song for her, “Oh Sweet Lorraine.”  He sent the lyrics in for a song contest where songwriter Jacob Colgan enters the story.  Jacob set Fred’s lyrics to music and made a mini-documentary about the couple.

Why has Fred’s story and the resulting song become such a hit?

It can be a difficult video to watch because the story touches our fear of losing someone so close.  It starkly shows how quickly life passes by.  But it also shows that love lasts beyond death.

th-1Fred’s story strikes our fear of mortality while giving us courage to face what comes.  And I think deep down we know we would be so lucky to have the love and perspective Fred shares.

I hope Fred’s story helps people give themselves permission to share their grief, talk about their loved ones, and live life to its fullest.

Fred’s love for his wife continues to touch people’s hearts through Green Shoe Studio.   If you have not already, take the time to hear the story and the song inspired from a couple’s love.

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3 Responses to A 96-year-old Man’s Grief Lights Up the World

  1. What a tender story, both Fred’s love, but also the vision and efforts of the young man at Green Shoe Studio who recognized the beauty and cares for his community. Thanks for sharing!

    I’ve actually included your pioneering work in my new book Pilgrimage through Loss: Pathways to Strength and Renewal after the Death of a Child which will be published in January by Westminster John Knox press. I lived your TED talk!

  2. Rereading the comment and it should have said “loved your TED talk”…not “lived.”

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