It's been six months since Sheryl Sandberg lost her husband, Dave Goldberg, and in a heartfelt Thanksgiving post she admitted that "there were days when gratitude seemed beyond my grasp."
But the Lean In author, 46, added in the message posted on Facebook on Thursday, Nov. 26, that "as the months have gone by, I've realized that I still have much to be grateful for."
The Facebook Chief Operating Officer's husband died in May at the age of 47 after he fell off a treadmill while he and Sandberg were vacationing in Punta Mita, Mexico. Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, and his wife had two children together.
"This Thanksgiving, I want to thank my family and friends who have supported and comforted me and my children as we have recovered from grief, regained our smiles and the ability to laugh, and rediscovered all that we have to be grateful for," Sandberg wrote. "I also appreciate the many strangers who have reached out and shared their stories of tragedy, resilience, and rebirth."
Sandberg also thanked a Palo Alto, Calif., grief counseling team who "did so much to help move us forward."
"On this day of thanks, I hope that everyone out there can find something worthy of gratitude," she continued. "Loss and recovery are an inevitable part of being human, and I realize more and more that these experiences which take so much from us also give us the ability to be grateful on a deeper level."
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