Wednesday 29 March 2017

Father films moment he told his son that mother died from drugs and posts on Facebook

A screengrab of the video posted on Facebook by Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark
A screengrab of the video posted on Facebook by Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A father who filmed the moment he told eight-year-old son his mother had died of a heroin overdose and posted it on Facebook has been met with a backlash online.

Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark sat little boy down and told him the harrowing news. The child breaks into uncontrollable tears as he wails "what?" and "how?" at his devastated father

He then holds onto the crying boy as he collapses onto a table, murmuring: "Sorry."

Mr Bickerstaff-Clark wrote under the video that has been viewed over 24 million times: “This is for any and every addict with children.

“Today I had to tell my 8-year-old son that his mommy died from a drug overdose last night.

“This is the realization and reality of our disease.

“Don't let this disease have to make someone tell your child that you're dead because of drugs.

“This was one of the hardest thing I've ever had to do.

“My son has no mother because of heroin.. kinda hard to hear but you can hear what we're saying.

“Please get help so our children don't have to suffer. “This wasn't staged. This was real. I had someone record this so addicts with children can see the seriousness of our epidemic.

“I am a recovering addict myself with 94 days clean today.

“Please share and maybe help save a child's parents life.”

The father received a mixed response online with many blasting him for posting the clip online.

One viewer wrote: "This is ridiculous... Breaking this news to a child is sacred... NOT to be filmed... NOT to be done in a public place.. And why were they smoking cigarettes while telling him? ..couldn't chill out with that crap for a little while and actually give the boy your full attention."

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