Melissa Rivers' Grief Journey: From Silence to Advocacy

July 8, 2014 7:36 PM

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Melissa Rivers' Grief Journey: From Silence to Advocacy

When people are grieving, they often feel isolated from the rest of the world. Others don't necessarily talk to the griever about the death, so the griever is left wondering, "Who knows, who does not know, and what are they saying about me or my loved one?" For a time, withdrawing and maintaining silence about what happened seems the safest route. Sooner or later, however, it is inevitable and healthy to bring death and grief out into the open. Melissa Rivers' story is a good illustration.

It was the summer after her first year at college. On a summer day in August, just as she was getting ready to return to the University of Pennsylvania, 18-year-old Melissa Rivers received the shocking news that her father had ended his own life. "The press knew before we did; and then I had the job...

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