In mourning

Sheryl Sandberg shares emotional account of her grief over loss of husband Dave Goldberg

Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Marking the end of sheloshim — the Jewish practice of mourning for 30 days after a burial, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shared a raw accounting of her grief since losing her husband Dave Goldberg.

“I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning. These past thirty days, I have spent many of my moments lost in that void,” Sandberg wrote on her Facebook page.

In the moving piece about her struggle, Sandberg struck higher notes as well, saying she’s leaned resilience, gratitude, and to ask for help.

Goldberg, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey, died unexpectedly in a treadmill accident last month while vacationing with Sandberg in Mexico.

“Those who have said, ‘You will find a new normal, but it will never be as good’ comfort me more because they know and speak the truth,” wrote Sandberg.

Read the full post on Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook page.


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