Doris Roberts told us a long time ago how to cope with her death

Apr 19, 2016 at 12:30 a.m. ET
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Beloved comedian Doris Roberts died "peacefully in her sleep of natural causes" on Sunday night, according to a statement from the actress' son, Michael Cannata. The actress was best known for her role as the matriarch in the hit show Everybody Loves Raymond, but she acted in movies and television shows for over 50 years. She also won five Primetime Emmy Awards during her career. Most importantly, she was loved by many who worked with her and knew her.

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As many comedians do, Roberts talked about her death long before it was her time. She famously said, “When I go, if there’s a tombstone, it will say, ‘She doesn’t give in. She doesn’t give up. And she doesn’t take no for an answer.’” If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.

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Comedians tend to have a very positive outlook on death that makes their passing a little less sad. They seem to have some sort of insight to the truth that the rest of us don’t understand. Roberts had a resolute attitude about the best way to deal with grief. She once said, “Humor is imperative, more important than food. You have a choice when someone dies. You can lie down or get back into life. Do something for someone else.” 

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Although many are grieving the loss of Roberts right now, it sounds like she wouldn’t want the sadness to last very long. She had a long, successful career full of joy and accomplishments all by pursuing exactly what she wanted to do. She had a loving family and friends and costars who all adored her. CBS said it best when they said, “Doris will be remembered for lighting up every room she walked into with an unparalleled combination of energy, humor, warmth and even a little bit of grit. We were so privileged to have her call CBS home for so many years. She will be greatly missed. Truly, Everybody Loved Doris.”