The National Alliance on Mental Illness Orange County (NAMI-OC) would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Robin Williams. Many of us have experienced the devastating heartbreak of losing a loved one to suicide, along ith the complex feelings of loss, anger, sadness and unreasonable guilt. It is only over time, and with support, that we can come to terms with our own feelings, experiencing gratitude for the love we once shared, peace with the memories of that love and sustenance for continuation of the spirit of that love.
Thank you for loving him and helping him to share his incredible loving spirit with all of us. While we understand this loss is a deeply personal experience, we want you to know that there are many of us who grieve with you. We know that mental illness and addiction are sometimes terminal diseases, ones over which we have no control. There is no blame, just loss, and to get better we need each other. While turning to each other, we want you to know that you are not alone. There are many who share in your loss, have experienced this loss, and have found gratitude, peace and sustenance for the love that will never be forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your family’s love, through Robin, with us. He has left an amazing legacy of love and laughter about the frailties that make us human. He has sensitized us to the brilliant diversity of the human spirit and we are crestfallen that his has failed, hurting those closest to him and all of us who admired him.
As loving family members of individuals living with mental illness, and people who have experienced the loss of suicide, we are grateful for the lives that have touched ours, and we look forward to your eventual recovery.
With much sympathy.
NAMI Orange County