Robin Williams’ son, Zak Williams, reflected on the loss of his father as the five year anniversary of his passing approaches.
In an interview with Good Morning Britain, Zak explained how helpless he felt during his father’s struggles. Zak expressed how heartbreaking it is to see the ones you love experience pain.
“It was sad to see someone who was suffering so. As a family member and a child, you want to do everything you can to help soothe and ease what seemed to be an intense personal pain,” he said. “And there were times where it felt like there was helplessness from my part, I didn’t know what I could do, or how I could be of best support.”
He continued, “Amongst those people who were close to him, we all loved him so and found it difficult because he wasn’t always open to sharing his personal pain and struggle. And we noticed that over a period of time.”
“It was heartbreaking because he still went out and wanted to share his feelings of laughter and humor with the world,” he said. “And while he was suffering and struggling, he still went out and performed. I admire him and loved him so, and having to share him was hard.”
“Sharing the grieving process with the world was hard. At times it was hard to differentiate what involved private grieving, and experiencing that loss, versus public grieving and experiencing that type of community interaction and communicating. I wasn’t prepared.
“It was challenging. But I’m very grateful for the outpouring of love and support that continued… Here we are almost five years later. I feel the massive impact and difference he made.”