Robin Williams – Probably Delivering Laughs in Heaven

I was shocked to hear about the death of actor and funnyman, Robin Williams yesterday. It just didn’t make sense to me why someone who seemed to “have it all” would end his life. But then I thought back to a time earlier in my life when life seemed so bleak I could understand why some people take their own lives, and have only compassion for Robin. In his mind he may have thought suicide was his only option. Too soon to know. Not sure if he left a note to his loves ones and there is probably more to the story than the news is telling us.Screen shot 2014-08-12 at 10.14.19 PM

I recently heard that 22 United States veterans of our armed forces commit suicide DAILY. Yes, I mean daily, not weekly or monthly. You may have heard me talk about it on my “How to Survive Grief” audio, but there are over 1 million grief related suicides a year. Wrong as it may seem, it is happening but why?

I don’t have the answers but I have done some research into our brains. Bottom line: under severe stress, loss or pain our brains lose both healthy blood circulation and lose some essential brain neurotransmitters that may cause us to perceive life different that it may be happening. Without proper function and these healthy natural chemicals, there is often anger, sadness, depression, guilt, worry and the feeling of hitting rock bottom, with no need to continue living life.

There are so many similarities in the grieving mind, the depressed mind, the suicidal mind, the post traumatic mind and postpartum mind that it is clear to me that we must be educated about it. Unfortunately, if you are the one living with these negative thoughts, its nearly impossible to pull yourself out, unless you can recognize it for what it is.

I don’t have all the answers but I do know that the words in “How to Survive Grief” audio and Chapter 10 of my book, “We Don’t Die” have prevented suicides. Several people have told me that. That’s why I want to share them so badly and appear on every tv, newspaper and radio interview I get asked to do. That’s also why I started the new “We Don’t Die Podcast” on iTunes. Any angle I can get to people so they understand this delicate mind of ours, I am going to.

I know the world is grieving the loss of Robin Williams and my prayers are with his family and friends. I do believe Robin’s soul is still around and God probably is making good use of him in Heaven. Perhaps he will have the job as “The Greeter” and make all of us feel happy and comfortable that everything will be ok when it is our turn to close our eyes for the last time here on earth. Robin Williams, thank you for being such a gift in my life.



Sandra Champlain is the author of the #1 international bestseller, We Don’t Die – A Skeptic’s Discovery of Life After Death and How to Survive Grief CD. She is the co-founder of We Care Grief Support helping others through loss back into life. See the documentary made about Sandra and her mission called We Don’t Die – Documenting a Skeptic’s Discovery of Life After Death.