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The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learned Since Losing My Son

Exactly one year and 12 days ago, father-of-three Richard Pringle lost his sweet little boy, Hughie.


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The adorable 3-year-old passed away suddenly in August of last year after an unexpected brain hemorrhage—and it left the Pringle family utterly devastated.

“He had a brain condition but was doing so well,” Richard told the Mirror.

There was only supposed to be a 5 percent chance of a bleed, but “unfortunately that 5 percent chance happened last year and he didn’t survive,” said the heartbroken father.

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

While Richard adored the time he got to spend with Hughie, it wasn’t until after he died that he learned what it meant to truly treasure the gift that this little man brought to his life.

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He may have only been 3, but Hughie taught him 10 of the most important life lessons a grown man could ever learn.


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After compiling these valuable nuggets of wisdom, Richard penned a Facebook post sharing his heart on “The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learned Since Losing My Son.”

The honest reflection is equal parts simple and profound, and it has since garnered nationwide attention from parents who are vowing to squeeze their little ones just a little bit tighter tonight.

Read Richard’s powerful words in full below:

❤️❤️ The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learned Since Losing My 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.

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

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