(LOS ANGELES) — For Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda Williams, remembering the comedian on the anniversary of his death is a private affair.
Williams shared in a statement Monday that on “regular, good days,” it’s difficult for her to “graciously accept the world’s need to share their memories of [her father] and express their condolences for his loss.”
On the anniversary of the actor’s death, which occurred on Aug. 11, 2014, it’s “simply too much,” she added.
“While I am constantly touched by all of your boundless continued love for him, some days it can feel a bit like being seen as a roadside memorial — a place, not a person — where people drive past and leave their sentiments to then go about their days comforted their love for him was witnessed,” she wrote. “But sometimes, that leaves me emotionally buried under a pile of other’s memories instead of my own. After all, even roses by the truckload still weigh a ton.”
Robin Williams was 63 when he died by suicide. In subsequent tweets Monday, Zelda Williams, 31, listed contact information for organizations including the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, the Veterans Crisis Line, and the Trevor Project to help those in need.
“Whoever out there needs to hear it, please use this as your signpost in the desert,” she added. “Reach out. Seek help. Keep fighting.”
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] for free confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if it feels like it, you are not alone.
By Megan Stone
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