Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg Speaks About Husband's Death

In her commencement speech at the University of California at Berkeley, Sandberg spoke publicly for the first time about her husband's death.
2:51 | 05/16/16

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But first, we want to get to those powerful words from Facebook's Sheryl sand best speaking publicly for the first time about her husband's unexpected death. Sharing a message of hope during a commencement address over the weekend. Jesse palmer is here. This was quite inspirational. Reporter: It was a poignant speech. Addressing the graduating class at the university of California, Berkeley, how she learned to persevere in the face of tragedy. I'm not going to tell you today what I learned in life. Today I'm going to try to tell you what I learned in death. Reporter: Sheryl Sandberg speaking publicly for the first time about the sudden loss of her husband Dave Goldberg a year ago. When life sucks you under you can kick against bottom, find the surface and breathe again. The question is not if some of these things will happen to you, they will. What I want to talk about today is what you do next. Reporter: Sharing lessons of bouncing back from life's toughest times. You'll be defined not just by what you achieve but by how you survive. Reporter: Sandberg surviving on hard-earned wisdom. 11 days before the anniversary of Dave's death, I broke down crying to a friend of mine. And through tears, we asked each other how we would live if we knew we had 11 days left. I mean, live with the understandiunderstand ING how precious every day is. Reporter: Charging tomorrow's leaders to lean in to hope and joy. Report . Losing my husband helped me find deeper gratitude. Gratitude for the kindness of my friends, the love of my family and the laughter of my children. My hope for you is that you can find that gratitude not just on the easy days like today but on the hard days when you will need it. Reporter: Such a heart felt message. Sandberg also told the graduates to be there for your family and friends. I mean that in person not just with a message with a heart emoji. Great advice, Jesse. We talk about how everybody -- we go through tragedies all of us in life. Loss of some sort. If we don't take the time to understand why we were put in that situation to learn from it. She obviously has and sharing that with it. She said every night before she goes to bed, she thinks of three blessings of that day. The gift of gratitude. Sometimes it comes in an unexpected package. But you learn to grow from it. We're going to move on now to a new way that women are

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