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What Facebook’s COO Learned From Grief

In one of 18Forty's Must Reads, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg opens up about the loss of her husband.

It takes vulnerability to ask for help, to show that you depend on another. That was something new to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, whose husband passed away in 2015. After the sheloshim—the 30-day period after one’s death—Sandberg posted a reflection on her loss, lessons she learned, “in the hope that it helps someone else. In the hope that there can be some meaning from this tragedy. I have lived thirty years in these thirty days. I am thirty years sadder. I feel like I am thirty years wiser.”


Read More at Tablet Magazine.


Talmud Teaching

“During the course of a lifetime, virtually no one can avoid an encounter with death. Yet it is an experience for which one is rarely prepared.” — Dr. Emanuel Rackman

Book Excerpt

Blaming someone for their pain—whether that's grief or some kind of interpersonal violence—is our go-to mechanism. How quick are we to demonize rather than empathize. How quick we are to move into debate, rather than hang out in the actual pain of the situation.


If being lost means the inability to find one’s way or to miss something that cannot be recovered, then the death of a friend makes us disoriented and adrift.