Zelda, Robin Williams‘ daughter, announced she is taking a break from social media this Tuesday — marking the sixth anniversary of her father’s death.
Zelda made the announcement via her Twitter and Instagram accounts, revealing how other people publicly mourning her father’s death can make her feel like a “roadside memorial” and “emotionally buried.”
“It’s hard for me on regular, good days to remain the person expected to graciously accept the world’s need to share their memories of him and express their condolences for his loss,” Zelda wrote in the post.
She continued, saying:
“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.”
“Sometimes, that leaves me emotionally buried under a pile of others’ memories instead of my own,” Zelda said.
“After all, even roses by the truckload still weigh a ton.”
She then added how seeing other people’s memorial posts on her father’s death anniversary is “simply too much”, and followed the post with links to suicide prevention hotlines around the world for those in need of it.
“Reach out. Seek help. Keep fighting,” she concluded.
On what would’ve been Robin Williams’ 69th birthday last month, Zelda announced she would be donating to as many homeless shelters as possible in his memory.
“Know I am wishing you all at least one hearty, immature belly laugh on Dad today,” she wrote in a tweet.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.