Looking back

Sheryl Sandberg opens up about publicly grieving unexpected death of her husband

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer with her husband David Goldberg. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

Sheryl Sandberg visited NBC’s Today show on Wednesday and candidly discussed the unexpected death of her 47-year-old husband David Goldberg. Goldberg, who was the CEO of SurveyMonkey, died in May in an accident while exercising at a hotel in Mexico. In the days following his death, Sandberg posted a tribute to her late husband on Facebook, and after the Jewish 30-day mourning period known as sheloshim, she talked about the void she felt in her husband’s absence. On Wednesday, the Facebook COO told Savannah Guthrie that the public nature of her grieving was an unusual experience. “Everyone kind of looks at you like a deer in the headlights,” Sandberg said. Sandberg added that she wavered over whether to post the tribute on Facebook, which ended up being widely read across the Internet. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to post it, but I did,” she explained. “I hit send on the 30-day anniversary of his death, which has meaning in the Jewish religion. I shared how to talk to me and how I was feeling. And it changed a lot. People knew what to say. People started talking to me more openly. And even strangers, because I’m not the only person who experienced loss this year or in previous years.”

Read the full story and watch the video at NBC’s Today show.

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