Sheryl Sandberg’s essay

Today I stumbled across this essay by Sheryl Sandberg on the sudden death of her husband. I love how she ended it:

I was talking to one of these friends about a father-child activity that Dave is not here to do. We came up with a plan to fill in for Dave. I cried to him, “But I want Dave. I want option A.” He put his arm around me and said, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of option B.”

Dave, to honor your memory and raise your children as they deserve to be raised, I promise to do all I can to kick the shit out of option B. And even though sheloshim has ended, I still mourn for option A. I will always mourn for option A. As Bono sang, “There is no end to grief … and there is no end to love.” I love you, Dave.

It reminds me of a Winston Churchill quote, one I gave dad on a plaque when he was getting cancer treatments: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
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