Dad Reveals Ten Most Important Things He’s Learned Since His Little Boy’s Death


Posted by Richard Pringle on Monday, 12 September 2016

A father of two has posted a heartwarming message on Facebook revealing what he’s learnt since the death of his son, one year on.

It’s been approximately a year and six days since Richard, from Hastings, Essex, said goodbye to his ‘beautiful little boy’ Hughie.

The three-year-old passed away last year after suffering a brain hemorrhage, and after reflecting upon Hughie’s passing, Richard posted a heart-warming list of ‘The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learnt Since Losing My Son‘.

Posted by Richard Pringle on Monday, 17 April 2017

Speaking to The Mirror about three-year-old Hughie, Richard said:

He was soft, gentle, caring and so lovable. He made the boring things fun. He made everything fun.

In three short years he left us with a lifetime of the most incredible memories.

Here’s Richard Pringle’s List:

❤️❤️The 10 Most Important Things I've Learnt Since Losing My Son 🙏1. You can never ever kiss and love too much. 2….

Posted by Richard Pringle on Wednesday, 23 August 2017

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.

Posted by Peter Mould on Monday, 20 March 2017

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.

Posted by Richard Pringle on Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Since sharing his uplifting list on Facebook, Richard’s post has received over 4,000 likes as well as being shared over 1000 times.

The story was also shared by television presenter Jake Humphrey, who knows Richard and his family through a mutual friend.

Posted by Richard Pringle on Thursday, 19 November 2015

If you or someone you know has been affected by Richard’s story, you can visit the Child Bereavement UK website.