Joan Collins isn’t a writer. That talent belonged to her late sister Jackie Collins. Joan did an amazing job both mourning and saying goodbye to her beloved sister in recent days, however, in a poignant essay she wrote.
The actress shared her written words about the author on her website.
“Jackie really enjoyed her life so much and lived it to the hilt, and when we were together, even if we hadn’t seen each other for a few months, we were thick as thieves,” Joan wrote. “I don’t think I will ever recover from the sadness of losing my beautiful baby sister.”
“Someone once said: ‘The reality is you don’t “get over” the loss of a loved one, you learn to live with it.’ I think Jackie would have liked us to do more than that. As she requested, I will not mourn her death, but rather celebrate her life,” she added.
— Variety (@Variety) September 27, 2015
Jackie Collins died on September 19th. Joan only learned her sister had cancer in the days prior to her passing. Jackie was 77.
Joan Collins shared a phone call she received from her sister when she shared the devastating news.
“My voice was so choked with tears I could hardly speak. She explained that since we spent so much time in Europe, while she was in LA, she knew I would be worried but there would be nothing I could do,” she recalled. “That was typical of my sister. She always put other people, particularly family, ahead of herself.”
In addition to being a brilliant author, Joan Collins remembers Jackie as being so much more.
“I therefore choose to remember her as the strong, independent, loyal, caring, maternal, fun-loving, witty, joyful woman she was,” she wrote. “She will live on in the wonderful memories I have of her from our childhood and particularly from the last 15 years.”
“I feel her spirit, I hear her wonderful laugh and I see her all the time in the hundreds of photos of her sprinkled around my home. She wasn’t just a star—to me she was an entire galaxy,” Joan Collins concluded.
— E! Online (@eonline) September 27, 2015
She also asked fans to consider donating to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization in honor of Jackie Collins.
Joan Collins will long mourn the death of her beloved sister. Hopefully the warm memories she reflects on now will provide some strength and peace in the coming weeks and months as she learns how to navigate life without her.