R.I.P Robin Williams

I wonder what Robin would say to us about his passing. Why he chose to take his life can only remain a mystery to us, we can know he was suffering with depression, but not what that was like for him.

I have a feeling he may have encouraged us to remember the millions who suffer with this horrible illness, the many who choose the off-ramp as the only option that appears to make sense.

After all it does do what it says on the tin, it will end the suffering.

It seems to me that a line gets crossed when an individual rates that the ending of their pain takes precedence over the pain their suicide will bring to those who love that individual.

Dealing with the death of a loved one is the hardest thing I have ever had to endure, I cannot imagine what dealing with the suicide of a loved one, a parent, a sibling, a partner or a close friend must be like.

My heart goes out to Robins family and friends, and it goes out to all those who are knocking on that door, those who’s pain is turning the human instinct for survival on its head, those for whom living is becoming intolerable, who’s focus has become so narrowed as to include only this irrevocable option.

I imagine that this is the loneliest and most isolated a human being can be.

I wonder what advice Robin would offer us to help protect and remain connected to those we love.