Losing a loved one is never easy, but it is especially difficult when the deceased is a child. People have different ways of grieving a loss of a child and while some parents like to do it privately, there are many who choose to do so in a more public manner.
Sharing their sentiments with others is oftentimes a way to comfort other parents going through the same experience. This is exactly one of the reasons why Richard Pringle penned a post about the death of his son.
Richard's 3-year-old son, Hughie, passed away last year after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a rare birth condition.
"There was a five percent chance of bleeding," Pringle told Us Weekly. "Unfortunately that five percent happened last summer."
Now, on the anniversary of his sudden passing, Richard is reflecting on the tragedy through a bittersweet post he penned on Facebook. But instead of focusing on the negativity of the situation, he drafted a list of lessons that the ordeal has taught him in hopes of reminding parents to cherish every single moment they have with their children.
"My Facebook post was written to help others realize what's important in life and what's not," he said. "Parents need to stop and appreciate everything. Even the simplest things. There's beauty in simplicity but quite often we let it pass by us unnoticed."
Keep reading for Richard's list of 10 "most important" lessons he learned after the loss of his son.