If you can't imagine how you would even start the conversation, Jezebel has an idea.
On Monday, the blog posted this moving "Sesame Street" clip, commenting: "t'll break your heart about fifty times in one viewing."
In the video, taken from the famous "Sesame Street" episode "Farewell, Mr. Hooper," which first aired on November 24, 1983, Big Bird learns that Mr. Hooper, the original owner of Hooper's Store, has died.
"Mr. Hooper is not coming back," Susan, played by Loretta Long, tells Big Bird gently. "When people die, people don't come back."
As the nation mourns in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the video, despite being almost three decades old, has gone viral this week,
The veteran actress, who has appeared on the children's classic as Susan Robinson since it began in 1969, was crossing Route 130 at Dutch Neck Road on Tuesday when she was struck by a vehicle and carried 70 feet (21 metres).
Long was taken into Capital Health at Fuld Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey, suffering from head injuries and a broken shin.
The 69 year old is reportedly "in good spirits" at the medical facility, while undergoing scans to determine the extent of her injuries, reports RadarOnline.com.
A motorist has been questioned by cops following the incident.
A police representative says, "The matter remains under investigation by the East Windsor Police Department's Unit and Mercer County Serious Collision Response Team."
Longtime "Sesame Street" actress Loretta Long, 71, was struck by a car and carried about 70 feet Tuesday evening and was hospitalized in fair condition.
Long, who has played block matriarch Susan Robinson on the landmark PBS children's program since the show's debut in 1969, suffered head wounds as she tried to cross Route 130 at about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.<img id="StoryAd/Njonline/Spacer_NJ_RoS_06/Spacer_SpanMJX.html" width="2" height="2" alt="" src="http://ads.nj.com/RealMedia/ads/adstream_lx.ads/www.nj.com/xml/story/trenton_times/ng/ngx/L10/980111913/StoryAd/Njonline/Spacer...
Forty years later, Sesame Street has become the longest running American children's program, having helped educate generations of children worldwide. And Bob McGrath, Loretta Long (Susan) and Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar) are still there. (Think of it-- 40 years as an 8 foot tall bird.)
The effect of the show is so powerful and widespread, this song made it up to #16 on the Billboard charts in 1970:
Make sure you catch the season premiere today, with special guest Michelle Obama. Check your local PBS station for times and listings-- or (sign of the times) get the Sesame Street podcast on .
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