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.
The heartbreakingly beautiful post has gotten over 10,000 shares since it was posted and it isn't hard to figure out why once you read its contents.
These are the lessons Richard learned over the year he spent mourning his son:
"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 ❤️"
We can't begin to imagine what it's been like for the family to lose Hughie. We wish them nothing but the best from here on out.
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