Zelda Williams shares message about depression, hope one year after death of dad, Robin

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By Elizabeth Murray

A little more than a year after her father's tragic death, Zelda Williams, the daughter of Robin Williams, shared a message of hope for those dealing with depression and grieving the loss of a loved one.

Zelda Williams, at left, and Robin Williams arrive to the premiere of Old Dogs on Monday Nov. 9, 2009, in Los Angeles.AP file

"I came to a realization this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomsoever may need it: Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy," she wrote in an Instagram caption of a moon-rise on a lake.

"I live my sadness every day, but I don't resent it anymore. Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget, but to inhabit and enjoy for their own sake."

In the same post, the 26-year-old shared an encouraging message for those struggling with depression.

"I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel, but if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be," she wrote. "I promise you, there're enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there."

Almost a month ago, on what would have been her father's 64th birthday, July 21, Williams' daughter Zelda posted a cloudy scene to her Instagram account and announced that she was taking a break from social media for a few weeks.

"People should remember what they want to remember of him," his daughter Zelda told TODAY in February. "That's their memories; that's what's important. I have mine and they are mine and I love that."