Joan Rivers, Grieving and Laughter: 4 Tips for Healing after a Loss

September 5, 2014 3:22 PM

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Joan Rivers, Grieving and Laughter: 4 Tips for Healing after a Loss

I can't believe that Joan Rivers is dead. As someone who has worked in the intensive care unit, I fully expected her to recover and to come out with great stories and jokes about her experience with the healthcare system. She had an indomitable spirit, lifting us up in some of our darkest moments. Although I did not know her personally, I will miss her ability to laugh at her own foibles -- she dared to be hilarious at a time when women were told they couldn't be funny, and to do so with style.

Joan Rivers overcame adversity, and yet sought humor in every situation. She was quick with quips about others, but also the first to make fun of herself. She made jokes about then-taboo topics like abortion and being gay in the 1960's before they were openly discussed, diffusing taboo subjects with...

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