Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most powerful women in the world. The COO of Facebook, New York Times best-selling author, and Disney board member seems to have it all: great job, money, power, prestige, etc. But when her husband passed away in 2015 from an unexpected ailment, Sandberg’s world was thrown into a tailspin, and the resulting grief was debilitating.
One of the mental health topics we don’t speak about enough in our society is grief. Overwhelming feelings of sadness, gripping loneliness, and societal pressures that persist while we’re trying to put ourselves together cause so many to suffer in isolation and silence. We pressure those who are bereaved, we don’t give them permission to be in pain in public, and we often shun those who seem to move on “too quickly.” It causes many to never fully recover, and Sandberg, not one to be silent about matters in which she believes, has spoken up about it in her new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy (Knopf, 2017.)
Sandberg was recently featured on ABC’s Good Morning America: Weekend Edition, and her thoughts on grief, recovery, and coming through adversity might resonate with you:
If you’re going through a tough time right now, know that you don’t have to suffer in silence or alone. NAMI has plenty of resources to get you the help you need. As for those of us who know someone who might be dealing with grief or any other tough situation, let’s not pass them by. Join our campaign and ask them, “How are you really?” Listen. Be there. No one need suffer in silence. Together, we can all get to a better tomorrow.