Thursday 23 November 2017

Online grieving might seem wrong - but we better get used to it

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

Susan Delaney

A little more than a month after the sudden death of her husband, the chief operating officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg has come out of mourning with a Facebook post about her grief.

The 'Lean In' author published a powerful message to mark the end of sheloshim, the 30-day period of mourning observed in Judaism after a spouse dies. "I have lived 30 years in these 30 days. I am 30 years sadder. I feel like I am 30 years wiser," she wrote.

Her post talked about her will to move forward, coupled with an inability to understand just what the future will look like without her partner, father to her children. In less than 24 hours, it has received more than half a million likes and 40,000 comments.

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