"I am able to put the legal aspects of my mother's death behind me," Melissa said a statement on Thursday

By Emily Strohm
Updated May 13, 2016 11:45 AM
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brightcove.createExperiences(); Melissa Rivers has finally reached a settlement in the lawsuit concerning her mother Joan‘s 2014 death, but she’s still deeply mourning the loss of her mother.

“I’m not quite in the healing phase,” Rivers told PEOPLE just days before the settlement became final.

“I think it’s coming. I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” she says, “but I am not quite there yet.”

Joan was undergoing throat surgery at Yorkville Endoscopy Center in August 2014 when she stopped breathing and later died Sept. 4 in a New York hospital.

“The lawsuit concerning my mother’s death has been settled. In accepting this settlement, I am able to put the legal aspects of my mother’s death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation,” she said in a statement Thursday.

Melissa filed the suit against the clinic in Jan. 2015 calling it, “one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make.”

“Moving forward, my focus will be to ensure that no one ever has to go through what my mother, my son Cooper and I went through and I will work towards ensuring higher safety standards in out-patient surgical clinics,” Melissa’s statement continued. “I want to express my personal gratitude to my legal team for their wise counsel and prompt resolution of this.”