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Published:September 7th, 2015 10:47 EST
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Zelda Williams on the Death of Her Father Robin Williams

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Moonrise on the lake. I spent this night shivering and laughing under a clear, cold sky full of stars with people I love just to witness something beautiful. We mooned the moon and laughed ourselves hoarse, and I`m so incredibly grateful for every silly second. I came to a realization this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomsoever may need it: Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy. I live my sadness every day, but I don`t resent it anymore. Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget, but to inhabit and enjoy for their own sake. It`s not easy. In fact, I`d say it takes much more effort to consciously do than it does to just stay sad, but with all my heart, I cannot tell you how worth it it is. And for those suffering from depression, I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel, but if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be. Because I promise you, there`s enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there."

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Zelda Williams

It`s hard to believe that it`s been over a year since the tragic suicide of Robin Williams; his fans still miss him and mourn his loss. You can imagine the pain and sorrow that engulfed his lovely daughter, our thoughts and prayers are with her.  

A year after the death of her father, Zelda posted this thoughtful essay/poem on Instagram reflecting on his death, her ensuing depression, and the light at the end of the tunnel of grief.

I was devastated when my elderly parents died, but the grief is exponentially worse when they die relatively young at their own hands.

Zelda`s eloquent words are a soothing balm to anyone experiencing the death of a loved one.

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