This heartbreaking piece appeared in my Facebook feed when I got home last night. Since it seems to be going viral, I’m sure many of you will see it elsewhere, but I wanted to post it to make sure everyone got a chance to read it. It is one woman’s very moving and beautiful account of her grief for her husband, who she lost in a treadmill accident 30 days ago. It’s essentially a roadmap to grief, and a guide on how to talk to the grieving.
The woman in question, Sheryl Sandberg, is no stranger to public attention. The COO of Facebook, she’s also the author of the famous book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.” Her husband was well know, too, as the CEO of Survey Monkey.
Her tribute comes at the end of sheloshim, the traditional 30-day period of Jewish mourning. I am sharing it partly because I think everyone should read it, but also because it gives me hope that something so genuine, so positive, and so utterly non-sensational could go viral.