"On this day of thanks, I hope that everyone out there can find something worthy of gratitude," Sandberg wrote

By Karen Mizoguchi
Updated November 26, 2015 08:30 PM
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In her first Thanksgiving since late husband Dave Goldberg‘s death, Sheryl Sandberg is giving thanks to her loved ones.

“There were days when gratitude seemed beyond my grasp. But as the months have gone by, I ve realized that I still have so much to be grateful for,” the Facebook COO wrote on her personal page.

“This Thanksgiving, I want to thank my family and friends who have supported and comforted me and my children as we have recovered from grief, regained our smiles and the ability to laugh, and rediscovered all that we have to be grateful for,” she continued.

“I also appreciate the many strangers who have reached out and shared their stories of tragedy, resilience, and rebirth.”

In her touching tribute, Sandberg, 46, expressed gratitude to Kara Grief Counseling in Palo Alto for their services to deal with personal loss.

Goldberg reportedly died of severe head trauma in an exercise accident at a private villa in Punta Mita, Mexico in May.

“On this day of thanks, I hope that everyone out there can find something worthy of gratitude. Loss and recovery are an inevitable part of being human, and I realize more and more that these experiences which take so much from us also give us the ability to be grateful on a deeper level.”

Sandberg will surely be busy during the two-month absence of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, when he goes on paternity leave after wife Priscilla Chan gives birth to their baby girl.