The death of Robin Williams on Aug. 11, 2014 is being covered by all the major news and social media outlets. Williams’ wife and children are suffering from his suicide. His death is sad as a loss of a great talent. His death is also his greatest life role for the focus it is putting on the impact of depression in his life, and those of many others.
Williams’ family may struggle to comprehend how his death is anything but a tragedy. His suicide ended his struggle and created an awareness that is priceless. Spiritualists believe that all things work for the Universal Good. Accepting this in the midst of tragedy is often not easy, and sometimes does not happen at all.
Williams is best remembered for his roles in comedies; Mork, the Genie, Mrs. Doubtfire. He gained an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting. His lesser known movies showed his ability to feel sadness as in What Dreams May Come and One Hour Photo. Williams was unable to keep his balance between his highs of comedy and his lows of great sadness.
Williams had already started his last great role when he shared with his public that he was again struggling with drug addiction. He entered drug treatment in June, 2014 to attempt to conquer this addiction to alcohol and cocaine. He was attending weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He was trying to do the right things for his family and for himself.
There are many religions that consider suicide to be a mortal sin. Spiritualists generally do not hold that view. Williams’ suicide has obviously hurt his family and friends. His spirit lives on to experience the awareness of the pain that his death has caused. His spirit lives on in his movies and television shows that show his wit and talent that were unequaled.
His spirit is also experiencing the great love of his family and the public that will help him realize that he was respected and revered for his talents. He will recognize that the drugs that kept him from feeling pain and depression also kept him from feeling love and compassion for his own self.
Williams played a lead role in a film What Dreams May Come. It is not one of his better known films. It may be the best mirror of Williams’ struggle with life and death. Part of the plot has Williams going to Hell to rescue his wife that had committed suicide after their children had been killed in a car accident.
The film showed the guilt felt over events beyond their control. The high point of the film occurs in the last minute. Those few seconds changed the whole tone of the film for those that understand that the soul continues forever; beyond life’s tragedies and triumphs; beyond the passing of the body and the ascension of the spirit.
You can find a description of the plot of What Dreams May Come. It is recommended that you see this film. If you have already seen it, it will have new meaning. If you haven’t seen it, it will provide an insight into suicide and the twists of fate that the Universe takes in helping each of us fulfill our life’s mission.
If you are thinking of ending your life, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 800-273-8255800-273-8255. The Columbus phone number for Suicide Prevention is 614-221-5445614-221-5445. These are 24 x 7 phone numbers. You will find compassion and understanding from the person that answers the phone. Many of the volunteers have traveled a journey that brings understanding of your issues.
Robin Williams will continue to be missed. His suicide was part of his life mission to bring awareness to the depths that depression can cause. The pain of his departure will be tempered by the realization that he is helping others. He is feeling the love of others that is helping him to heal his own soul. He is resting in peace.