04 Jan Robin Williams’ Last Words: a lesson to us all
The last words of Robin Williams were recently revealed, a few years after the hilarious comic/actor took his own life in 2014. He left behind his wife, Susan Schneider Williams, and three children, Zachary, Zelda, and Cody, who were 31, 25, and 22 at the time of his death. He was also mourned by his many fans. We learned that one of America’s funniest men suffered from depression, Parkinson’s disease and Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia, a progressive brain disorder, which his wife believed caused him to commit suicide.
In an emotional interview with Amy Robach from Good Morning America, the funny man’s wife was emotional as she talked about what it was like watching her husband fall apart. She remembered and revealed the last words he spoke to her:
“I was getting in bed and he came in the room a couple of times… and he said, ‘Goodnight, my love.’
“And then, he came back again. He came out with his iPad, and he looked like he had something to do.
“And that was like, ‘I think he’s getting better.’
“And then, he said, “Good night, good night.”
When my mother died in 1987, she’d been watching the story about Gary Hart’s affair on the news from her hospital bed. I remember her moving her slipping off her oxygen mask to say something to me. I wondered what important proclamation was coming. Was she about to reveal a secret? Was there money buried under the mattress? Her last words were, “Gary Hart’s career is over.”
Because any of our words could be our last words, it’s important to think before we speak. We should keep in mind that what we say to loved ones might be what they will remember as our last words.