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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg lived everyone’s worst nightmare when her beloved husband Dave Goldberg, 47, died unexpectedly while the couple vacationed in Mexico in 2015. Surviving the loss and helping her children process their grief were the greatest challenges of her life. Now, in an act of courage and selflessness, with her co-author, psychologist Adam Grant, she documents the most intimate moments of her journey through pain and sorrow and shares what heartbreak taught her about the human spirit. Sandberg and Grant examine how other people have withstood trauma and, in some cases, found renewed purpose through “post-traumatic growth.” They explore the qualities of resilience and recovery and offer suggestions about how to ask for support, console others and ultimately find your way back to joy. getAbstract finds this heartfelt account a valuable resource for anyone suffering a loss or supporting others through a crisis.

About the Authors

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer at Facebook and author of Lean In. Adam Grant is a psychologist, Wharton professor, and author of Originals and Give and Take.


What do you say and do when someone you know suffers a devastating loss? How do you keep going when that someone is you? When Sandberg became a “member of a club that no one wants to belong to,” the need to cope with unbearable sorrow so she could care for her children compelled her to seek strategies for weathering the tragedy. Now, she shares what she learned about giving and receiving comfort.

Sandberg and Grant offer nine primary lessons learned and strategies for moving forward:

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