Joan Rivers knew the pain of suicide

My husband killed himself and it was my fault. We were making love and I took the bag off my head.

These were the first words out of Joan Rivers’ mouth, the first time she stepped on stage after her husband Edgar’s suicide. For anyone who knew her humor, this was hardly surprising. Joan was certainly a comedy ground-breaker, but she was also polarizing. Either you thought she was vile, or you loved her.

I loved her–especially when she used humor to deal with tragedies. It was her way of dealing, and with surviving. Joan and her daughter Melissa became advocates for suicide prevention. Her messages of hope to people dealing with the suicide of a loved one is one of her lesser known legacies.

RIP to a woman who was, in her own way, as compassionate as she was funny.

 

 

 

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