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Sheryl Sandberg Essay Bares Her Feelings on Husband's Death

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 11:23 AM

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer who lost her husband David Goldberg in a freak accident May 1, penned an emotional essay Wednesday about her experience since his death.

Goldberg, the chief executive of online research site SurveyMonkey, died after reportedly falling off a treadmill while on vacation with Sandberg in Mexico, reported CBS News. An autopsy later suggested that he had a heart arrhythmia that could have contributed to his death.

Sandberg, who is also a best-selling author, admitted in the Facebook essay that she's been struggling with her husband's passing.

"A childhood friend of mine who is now a rabbi recently told me that the most powerful one-line prayer he has ever read is: 'Let me not die while I am still alive,'" Sandberg wrote. "I would have never understood that prayer before losing Dave. Now I do."

"I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice," she continued. "You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning. These past 30 days, I have spent many of my moments lost in that void. And I know that many future moments will be consumed by the vast emptiness as well. But when I can, I want to choose life and meaning."

Sandberg wrote in her essay that she realizes how difficult it is for people to approach her and know what to say as she tries to find comfort it their efforts to help.

"Even a simple 'How are you?'— almost always asked with the best of intentions — is better replaced with 'How are you today?'" Sandberg wrote on Facebook. "When I am asked 'How are you?' I stop myself from shouting, 'My husband died a month ago, how do you think I am?' When I hear 'How are you today?' I realize the person knows that the best I can do right now is to get through each day."

Sandberg said she has learned to ask for help with her grieving process and to reconnect with her colleagues after realizing she "needed to let them in."

Mexican investigators said last month that while head trauma was the result of Goldberg's death, the heart arrhythmia could have been an underlying factor, CBS News noted.

Heart arrhythmia occurs when the electrical impulses that coordinates heartbeats misfire, causing the heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly, according to the Mayo Clinic website.

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