Celebrity Melissa Rivers 'Did Everything as Joan Would Have Wanted,' Says a Friend Close friends also praise the late comic's daughter for her strength and dignity in her mother's last days By KC Baker Published on September 8, 2014 02:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Francis Specker /Landov Melissa Rivers said goodbye to her beloved mother, Joan Rivers, Sunday in Manhattan with tears, some laughs – and great fanfare, as close family friends praised her for her strength and dignity in the days before and after her mother died. “Melissa is amazing,” Margie Stern, one of the late comedian’s closest friends, tells PEOPLE. “I told Melissa, ‘Your mother would be so proud of you.’ She handled everything. She did everything exactly as her mother would have wanted.” Rivers stopped breathing on Aug. 28 at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan and had to be rushed from the clinic to Mount Sinai Hospital. Melissa immediately flew to her mother’s side, as she was reportedly placed in a medically induced coma. Melissa also took particular care to make sure her mother spent her final hours in comfort. “That was hard. But she was in a room with flowers and music. It was fragrant. It was amazing,” says Stern, who was at the hospital “all day, every day” with Rivers and Melissa, adding: “Joan looked beautiful at the end.” Rivers died at 81 on Sept. 4. And when it came time to plan her mother’s star-studded funeral at New York City’s Temple Emanu-El, Melissa made sure every detail was perfect, says Stern. “I’m in awe of the way she handled everything,” she says. • PHOTOS: Joan Rivers: Remembering the Queen of Comedy• Johnny Depp, Lena Dunham & More Stars Honor Joan Rivers• Joan Rivers’s Best Jokes• Joan Rivers Dies at 81 Make ‘Em Laugh: Joan Rivers’s Best Lines Want more stories like this? Sign up for our newsletter and other special offers: sign me up Thank you for signing up!