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In May 2015, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg experienced the loss of her husband, Survey Monkey CEO Dave Goldberg. This untimely death came as a surprise to everyone in the tech world since Goldberg was so young at 47 years of age.
And in a Facebook post in late December, Sandberg spoke out about this difficult time in her life and what she hopes for 2016. Her goals for 2015 included meditating for 10 minutes every day, but when her husband died, all of her plans crumbled. But there was one thing that helped her work through her grief: her connection to her reliable group of friends.
“They checked in daily,” she wrote in the Facebook post. “Even though they live across the country, they showed up early and often. They did not just hold me as I cried—they cried with me.”
In the post, Sandberg also remarked that one day a condolence card arrived in the mail and that its message truly touched her. It read: “One day she woke up and understood we’re all in this together.”
Another one of her friends inspired her to write in her journal three things she did well every day, and when Sandberg struggled with this, she started writing down three joyful moments of her day instead.
But of all the things Sheryl Sandberg has done to work through her grief, she highlighted the most important factor as human connection. She closed the open letter with this note: “May you find the Circle that supports you—and cherish the moments of joy in each day.”
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