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Rest in Peace Robin Williams

by Ilana Angel

August 20, 2014 | 8:58 pm

I have tried to write about the passing of Robin Williams since I heard of his death. I was saddened by the loss in a way that left me unable to articulate what I was feeling. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Williams and he was lovely, kind, charming, and funny. His talent was immeasurable. The man was a genius. It breaks my heart he is under attack by many for taking his own life. It also makes me angry.

Robin Williams did not commit suicide. He died of depression. The pain one must feel to die this way is unimaginable and there needs to be compassion, support, and education on what depression is and the number of lives that it ends. Taking your own life is about desperation for the pain to end. There is nothing selfish about this death. Many will disagree, some will lash out, and that is okay.

I might not change any minds, but if my words touch someone in pain, and lets them know people understand and have compassion, it will be good. Depression is an illness and it is not your fault if  you hurt. If you suffer from depression and are contemplating taking your own life, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. There is someone to listen, understand, and help.

To Mr. Robin Williams, I am keeping you in my thoughts, am sorry for your suffering, and hope you rest in peace. To the family of Mr. Williams, I am sorry for your loss. Know there are people who lsupport you during this difficult time. To those who are ignorant about what it means to suffer from depression, educate yourselves. To those who are living with depression, you are in my prayers, Keep the faith.



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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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