Two years after the tragic, sudden death of Sheryl Sandberg's husband, the Facebook executive has learned how to channel her grief — particularly how such grief would affect the lives of her young children, a 7-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son.
"My biggest fear was that my children's happiness would be destroyed by our devastating loss," she wrote in a New York Times essay adapted from her new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.
"I needed to know what, if anything, I could do to get them through this." "Each of us would share the best and worst moments of our day," she recalled.
"Giving children undivided attention — something we all know is important but often fail to do — is another of the key steps toward building their resilience.
My children and I have continued this tradition, and now we also share something that makes us feel grateful to remind ourselves that even after loss, there is still so much to appreciate in life."