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Option B summary
Grief and loss offer enduring lessons about human compassion and resilience.


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In May 2015, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg endured her husband’s sudden death. Two years later, Sandberg channeled her heartbreak and recovery into her book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy, which she co-wrote with psychologist Adam Grant. Here, fellow author Julie Lythcott-Haims interviews Sandberg and Grant about their work. getAbstract predicts that you’ll learn strategies for withstanding any hardship from this brave, briefly salty, and quintessentially human discussion of renewal after trauma or loss.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to rebuild yourself after trauma, loss or other weighty challenges;
  • How to offer your personal support to the bereaved; and
  • How companies can better nurture their grieving employees.


Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, was “a rock,” someone she turned to for reassurance. But one day, his life abruptly ended. Her grief was a crushing emptiness. She feared that her children would never feel joy again, so she sought help from a friend, psychologist Adam Grant. He consoled her...
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About the Speakers

Sheryl Sandberg is Facebook’s chief operating officer, and Adam Grant is a Wharton School professor. Moderator Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of How to Raise an Adult.

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