Social media helps grieving man honor his wife

Ben Einstein built his 30-year-old wife a bookshelf but she passed away from ovarian cancer recently. When he posted this online, 550 strangers showed up to give him books to fill the shelf.
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Social media, we all know this, can be a pretty ugly place. Not this time. We have a story to which I have a personal connection. It's about hundreds of people online rallying to help a grieving husband honor his wife. In a time with more social distancing than social connection, one man's story of grief has turned into an outpouring of support from strangers online. Something about it must have struck a cord. Reporter: Ben Einstein built a book shelf. The exact book shelf his late wife grace dreamed of. Grace was a ferocious reader. When she saw a large white wall in their living room tall enough for a rolling library ladder, she knew it was a perfect spot. Time was of the essence because grace had been diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer. I'll start chemo in a week. Reporter: Sadly grace died before Ben could start building. Shortly after she passed Ben got to work. It was a way to honor her. Reporter: Ben shared the results on a small home improvement group on Reddit and his post went viral. One stranger writing I lost my dad to cancer this year too. I would love to send you one of his favorite books to put on your book shelf. Hundreds of readers are sending books, overwhelming the local post office with 10 to 20 packages a day. I have to say, grace was an extremely close friend and colleague of mine. I mentioned a personal connection to the story, at the 10% happier podcast, my other job. She was a remarkable person in life and in how she faced death. I'm glad people are reaching out to honor her at this time. Our best to Ben as well. We'll be right back.

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