In 2015, Sheryl’s husband Dave passed away in unexpected and tragic circumstances, while the two were on holiday in Mexico. The grief – and being strong for their two children – was overwhelming.
Finding her approach to the grieving process didn’t necessarily match everyone’s expectations of her, and that people around her didn’t know how to react, she sought the help of Adam Grant – a psychologist at Wharton – and together they penned Option B.
“This book is my and Adam’s attempt to share what we’ve learned about resilience… We don’t pretend that hope will win out over pain every day. It won’t. We don’t presume to have experienced every possible kind of loss and setback ourselves. We haven’t. There is no right or proper way to grieve or face challenges, so we don’t have perfect answers. There are no perfect answers,” said author Sheryl Sandberg.
“Try as we might to prevent adversity, inequality, and trauma, they still exist, and we are still left to cope with them. To fight for change tomorrow we need to build resilience today.
“This book is about the capacity of the human spirit to persevere. We look at the steps people can take, both to help themselves and help others. We explore the psychology of recovery and the challenges of regaining confidence and rediscovering joy. We cover ways to speak about tragedy and comfort friends who are suffering. And we discuss what it takes to create resilient communities and companies, raise strong children, and love again.
“Life is never perfect. We all live some form of Option B.”
Option B is a book designed to help anyone, not just those suffering the loss of a loved one. It’s for when life doesn’t work out the way we thought it would, and need to come up with a new plan. It’ll help us better help ourselves, and the people around us.