A dad’s heartbreaking list of things he learned after his son passed is a must-read.

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A dad’s heartbreaking list of things he learned after his son passed is a must-read.

Nothing is more heartbreaking for a parent than losing a child. Sadly, it’s a pain that Richard Pringle, a father from England, knows all too well.

Richard lost his son Hughie to a brain condition at age 3. The condition was supposed to be manageable, but Hughie had a brain hemorhage last year that he never recovered from.

Richard was dwelling on his loss one day, putting his daughter to bed after a bath when he decided to help other parents appreciate the fragile condition of life.

He put together a list of 10 things he learned since his son’s death and posted it to Facebook, where it went viral for its touching sincereity and powerful clarity.

The list is a reminder for any parent who loses track of the little moments in the hustle and bustle of life. But it’s those little moments that add up to a life well lived.

Richard reminds us to stop what we’re doing and play, even just for a minute. To sing. To kiss and love, because you can never do it too much. To “make boring things fun,” keep a ournal to record precious memories, to take lots of photos and videos because “one day that might be all you have.”

“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,” he writes.

Most of all, if you have your children with you, “You are blessed. Never forget that.”




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