“Sheryl Sandberg’s ability to find such meaning and write so eloquently in the darkest of times is so inspiring and will help so many people coping with grief and loss in their own lives. Thank you for being such a true leader, in every sense”.
Whether you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one yourself or would like to learn more about how to support someone who has, Sheryl Sandberg’s account of her grief since her husband, Dave Goldberg’s, sudden death last month, is as powerful as it is inspiring.
The COO of Facebook and the bestselling author of ‘Lean In: Women, Work and the Will To Lead’ she may be, but this lady is far more than your run of the mill corporate machine.
Her bravery in opening her heart to the world at such a painful time is only matched by her eloquence in expressing the most complex emotions with such softness and love. More than that, her ability to empathise with others at such a traumatic time, from her mother’s pain to her colleagues’ and fellow parents’ awkwardness, shows her in her full beauty.
The death of her husband, who was, by public reaction alone, clearly a remarkable and generous man, also reminded me of her truly powerful advice about marriage:
“When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.”
If her grief is a measure of her love for her husband, which it surely is, we really should take note.
Read her full account here.