Hey, gang, yesterday we learned the tragic news that father, husband, actor, and comedian Robin Williams died by suicide in his home.
One of the Licensed Professional Counselors in our community, Lauren Ostrowski sent the following message to me today . . . .
I know that usually when there is a major news event, you have a blog post about it. I don’t know how you feel about doing the same thing for Robin Williams. I think it would be good for us all to have a place to discuss our own self-care or strategies for dealing with our own reactions to celebrity tragedies. I think this one is going to be a big part of counseling sessions for weeks to come.”
This loss comes on the heels of a major computer crash in my office 10 days ago which has thrown me woefully behind in my work both here with you and with clients I continue to work with. I hope you guys will overlook my haste in addressing this matter.
Robin Williams, for many of us, you changed our worlds . . . in so many big and little ways. I will miss you always.
I know many of you, like me, are heartbroken from the loss of such a generous soul who brightened so many of our lives.
It’s a tricky thing as a mental health professional to balance our clients’ grief along with our own.
Thank you, Lauren, for your sensitivity and thinking of the needs of our online community here.
Whatever your thoughts and connections are to Robin’s spirit and legacy today, I hope you will take a moment to share them here along with your own practices and suggestions for other therapists to engage in self-care during times of loss.