There is no possible way to prepare for the grief that occurs when you lose someone close to you. Especially when that someone is your own child. That kind of trauma is shocking, life-changing, and something that no one should have to experience. And this grieving dad's viral post about what he learned after losing his son will remind parents that every moment counts, and to treasure whatever time they have with their little ones.
Richard Pringle, a dad of three from Hastings, East Sussex, England, shared a heartbreaking post on Wednesday, titled "The 10 Most Important Things I've Learnt Since Losing My Son." Pringle lost his 3-year-old son, Hughie, suddenly last year after he suffered a brain hemorrhage. Talking to Mirror Online, Pringle explained that, his son "had a brain condition but was doing so well. There was only a 5 percent chance of a bleed but unfortunately that 5 percent chance happened last year and he didn't survive." And now, a little over a year after Hughie's death, Pringle has shared some sage words of advice for parents everywhere. Starting off by reminding parents that, "You can never ever kiss and love too much," Pringle's post has gone viral for the absolute best reason, and you seriously need to see it.
And break out the tissues because Pringle's post is beautiful, poignant, and so powerful.
Filled with so many powerful memories and pieces of advice, Pringle's post also reminds parents that it isn't about the money. "Don't spend money, spend time," he wrote. "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."
And it is those little moments that Pringle feels so passionate about. Speaking to Romper, Pringle explains why he decided to share his moving post:
I wrote the post to help people realize that it's the simple things that matter. There's beauty in simplicity and we shouldn't let those simple moments pass us by unnoticed.
And seriously, Pringle's post is such an important reminder that life is short, and it's so necessary to cherish all the time you have with your loved ones. "You always have time," Pringle wrote, adding that "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."
And how right he is. Life comes at you fast, and you never know when your last day with someone might be. So make the most of it, and, as Pringle said, "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."