Most of the world is saddened by the passing of talented comedian and actor Robin Williams. I think he touched the lives of all of us, in one way or another, whether through a film or merely because his manner of passing was so tragic.
He Looked Healthy and in Good Spirits
I live in the same town that Robin did. I have seen him in town on more than one occasion. In fact, I saw Robin the afternoon before he committed suicide. I didn’t think much of it at first, and even now I hesitate to write about it, out of respect for him and for his lovely widow. However, I have been encouraged by several friends to post my thoughts.
When I saw him on August 10 he looked healthy and showed no outward signs of depression. Robin even took the time to make a silly face at my friend who was visiting from Chicago and was acting shy and star-struck, pretending not to notice him.
Depression is an inside battle that many people, including some of my own dear friends, face on a daily basis. We can’t always know what goes on inside a person’s mind or what they are feeling. The message to take from Robin’s passing is to always be kind and considerate, because you don’t know a person’s inner struggles. Reach out to people, even if it is only to offer a smile.
Life Insurance and Suicide
When a person commits suicide, it often invalidates their life insurance policy. This means the named beneficiaries will not be able to recover the benefits. To see if a policy is unpayable because the insured committed suicide, check the language of the policy.
For a beautiful message about love conquering suicide, watch Robin Williams in one of my all-time favorite movies, “What Dreams May Come.”
We love you Robin, and you will be sorely missed for years to come.