You'll probably want a box of tissues for this one
How do you cope with the loss of a young child? To most parents, the idea of saying goodbye to their kid would be unfathomable. Sadly, tragedy can strike at a moment’s notice and all we can do is be thankful for what we have once life’s delicate string has been cut.
For one father from the U.K., who’s 3-year-old son died last year from a brain disorder, coping with the harsh reality of losing his son is still tough a year later. Instead of taking his grief public however, he decided to channel his pain into inspiration. In a Facebook post that has now gone viral, he shares “The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learnt Since Losing My Son.”
This dad’s heartbreaking reflection is a reminder to all of us how fragile human life is and how we need to be thankful for the short time we have with our loved ones here on this Earth…
Richard Pringle’s son Hughie was diagnosed with a brain condition at a very young age. Doctors told his parents that while his condition was dangerous, it was still manageable and Hughie continued to be a curious and happy baby boy. Sadly in the summer of 2016, Hughie suffered a brain hemorrhage and lost his life. He was just three years old.
The impact of Hughie’s passing was obviously very hard on the family and grappling with the loss of a child that young is unimaginably tragic.
Richard’s Touching Message
One night as Richard was tucking his daughter into bed, nearly a year after Hughie’s passing, he was inspired to share his feelings. He took to Facebook to share the 10 most important things he had learned since losing his child and the touching list has since gone viral, accumulating over 13,000 shares in less than a week. It reads:
“1. You can never ever kiss and love too much.
“2. You always have time. Stop what you’re doing and play, even if it’s just for a minute. Nothing’s that important that it can’t wait.
“3. Take as many photos and record as many videos as humanly possible. One day that might be all you have.
“4. Don’t spend money, spend time. You think what you spend matters? It doesn’t. What you do matters. Jump in puddles, go for walks. Swim in the sea, build a camp and have fun. That’s all they want. I can’t remember what we bought Hughie I can only remember what we did.
“5. Sing. Sing songs together. My happiest memories are of Hughie sitting on my shoulders or sitting next to me in the car singing our favourite songs. Memories are created in music…”
“6. Cherish the simplest of things. Night times, bedtimes, reading stories. Dinners together. Lazy Sundays. Cherish the simplest of times. They are what I miss the most. Don’t let those special times pass you by unnoticed.
“7. Always kiss those you love goodbye and if you forget. Go back and kiss them. You never know if it’s the last time you’ll get the chance.
“8. Make boring things fun. Shopping trips, car journeys, walking to the shops. Be silly, tell jokes, laugh, smile and enjoy yourselves. They’re only chores if you treat them like that. Life is too short not to have fun.
“9. Keep a journal. Write down everything your little ones do that lights up your world. The funny things they say, the cute things they do. We only started doing this after we lost Hughie. We wanted to remember everything. Now we do it for Hettie and we will for Hennie too. You’ll have these memories written down forever and when your older you can look back and cherish every moment.
“10. If you have your children with you. To kiss goodnight. To have breakfast with. To walk to school. To take to university. To watch get married. You are blessed. Never ever forget that…” (from Facebook/Richard Pringle)
You can SHARE Richard’s message with a friend by clicking below, hopefully his words provide a reminder that no matter how hard life can come down on you, there is still plenty to be thankful for…