A majority of posts and tweets I’ve seen on social media the past twenty-four hours happens to be a lot of insensitivity when it comes to Robin Williams’ suicide.
“He was a coward,” a majority of people are saying.
Even Fox News analyst Shepard Smith said yesterday after Williams’ death, (http://bit.ly/1oH0F1L),
“It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it?…You could love three little things so much (Williams’ daughter Zelda), watch them grow, they’re in their mid-20s, and they’re inspiring you, and exciting you, and they fill you up with the kind of joy you could never have known…And yet, something inside you is so horrible or you’re such a coward or whatever the reason that you decide that you have to end it. Robin Williams, at 63, did that today.”
Tell this to my friends Christina and Matt who both lost fathers to suicide.
Tell that to me whose attempted suicide.
Tell that to the friends and family of Robin Williams who are grieving right now.
Instead of shaming those who have taken their own lives, why not reach out to friends and family of those to went too soon? Why not give hugs to those family and friends of suicide victims who are still hurting and will forever hurt because of their loved ones dying too soon?
This compassion makes a hell of a lot more sense than calling people cowards.
This kind of victim shaming is counter-productive to healing for friends and family of those who have lost their loves ones to suicide.
Sensitivity, love, and compassion is what we need more than ever right now. Please…stop shaming others.
Reach out and make a difference in people’s lives instead of tearing down people who are already hurting. A hug or kind word goes a long way.