Sheryl Sandberg: How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss

June 26, 2017

After my husband’s death, I set out to learn everything I could about how kids persevere through adversity.

Two years ago, in an instant, everything changed for my family and me. While my husband, Dave, and I were on vacation, he died suddenly from a cardiac arrhythmia.

Flying home to tell my 7-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son that their father had died was the worst experience of my life. During that unimaginable trip, I turned for advice to a friend who counsels grieving children. She said that the most important thing was to tell my kids over and over how much I loved them and that they were not alone.

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