Letter to Dave Goldberg

Dave Goldberg was CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. Sheryl wrote these words 30 days after he unexpectedly died, aged 47. They are immensely wise, courageous and moving. Today is the end of sheloshim for my beloved husband—the first thirty days. Judaism calls for a period of intense mourning…

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Grief never ends…?

  Grief never ends is a very common belief, but it’s not true. Grief changes, because when you grieve a loss you are on a journey, whether you like it or not. A journey is about travelling, learning, growing; making mistakes, discovering and exploring. During this you will be changing; you can’t help it. So ditch…

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Why the commonest things said to you about grief are actually the worst.

What is it that everyone says to you? You’ll never get over it It’ll just take time These two things were said to me, and I’ve discovered, said to others too. They’re not helpful though, because they’re not true. Here’s why: ‘You’ll never get over it’ – death of a loved one is not something you…

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What is grief?

It’s feverish activity, and slumping for hours in a chair. It’s screaming your head off but remaining quiet; it’s forgetting little things and then forgetting that your loved one has died at all. It’s tears that never seem to stop flowing; and then a dam of tears that can’t break through; a boiling hot rage…

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