Did you all read Sheryl Sandberg's facebook post about her experiences of grief since her husband died a little over a month ago? I stand in awe of her ability to so eloquently express her thoughts about her loss AND what she has learned about grief in such a short time.
So many of us need help when it comes to knowing what to say and do around someone who has experienced death. I admire Sheryl Sandberg's recognition of the need to be vulnerable with her co-workers when they did not know how to respond to her grief. I also empathize with her need to close down at times in order to keep it together.
Mostly I am grateful for this open and honest perspective that provides some very practical advice. One of the sweetest things someone did for me after Angie died was to simply say "I am so sorry" and push a bag of M&M's across the table to me. The hardest reaction for me to understand were those people who likely did not know what to say, and so said nothing at all.
Thank you Sheryl Sandberg for being able to do what is so needed and so very hard.