Father films the heartbreaking moment he tells his son, eight, that his mother overdosed on heroin – then puts it online for millions to see.

The video shared on Facebook and YouTube, shows the father telling his eight-year-old son his mother has died of a heroin overdose. Of course the boy’s reaction is absolutely heart-breaking.

Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark posted the video on YouTube and it soon went viral, with many people on the internet whether he had the right to show the world the pain and suffering of his son, reports Daily Mail.

In the video Mr Bickerstaff-Clark,  from Youngstown, Ohio, and a friend sit down at a picnic table with his son, Cameron.

‘I have something to tell you, OK?… Mommy died last night,’ he tells him, as he holds his hand across the table.

‘What? What do you mean, my mom? How?’ asks the shocked youngster.

‘From drugs,’ he is told.

The boy suddenly breaks down and weeps and Mr Bickerstaff-Clark’s friend hugs him.

‘I’m sorry’ says his father.

Mr Bickerstaff-Clark then gets up and climbs over the table, adding: ‘I love you. Do you need a hug?’

He then embraces his devastated son before turning to the person filming it and telling them: ‘That’s enough’.

Mr Bickerstaff-Clark wrote on Facebook: “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 things I’ve ever had to do. My son has no mother because of heroin…kinda hard to hear but u can hear what we’re saying. Please get help so our children don’t have to suffer.’

Mr Bickerstaff-Clark goes on to deny it was staged and says: ‘I am a recovering addict myself with 94 days clean today…please share n help maybe help save a child’s parent’s life.’

The film has been viewed more than 14 million times on YouTube and around 29 million watched it on his Facebook page, where some criticized Mr Bickerstaff-Clark.

Many commented along the lines of, ‘To put a moment like this online for the whole world to see is just ridiculous. That poor poor kid. I couldn’t help but tear up!”

While others argue it is the reality of a drug epidemic that needs to stop!

We have chosen not to include the video in our post. But it is certainly not hard to find if you really want to view it.

Our hearts break for this poor little boy. He didn’t deserve this.

Do you agree with the reasons behind why this dad shared such a personal moment?

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  • Grief is confronting especially when it involves children. I can also empathise with the father of this child in his decision to share this pain with others. Many many families are destroyed by drug addiction. It is not meant to be a pleasant thing to watch but a very real message that does need to be seen as often the impact drug addiction has on very real people are behind closed doors.


  • How much extra distress did this boy suffer knowing that there was other people around without his father having it videoed. 1. He shouldn’t be showing it in the public forum. 2. If he couldn’t realise the wrong in it, all faces should be blacked out and no names published. The damage has been done. I hope he is going to seek counselling for his son to attempt to repair the extra trauma he should never had endured.


  • I get that he’s trying to convey the message of how those you love have to learn to live without you if you od, I get he’s trying to say what a waste of life drugs are, but I’m not sure about posting it online


  • i see what he was trying to do, and i’m really unsure weather posting it online is right or wrong


  • I understand this fathers motives and it sure is a strong message. But he could have sent a strong message without adding the video of his son breaking down on hearing about his mums death or he could have record a video about himself breaking down on hearing about his wife’s death.


  • Don’t like this at all. Why couldn’t you talk to your son quietly – why put it out there for all the world to see? Shameless action.


  • Parents are violating children’s rights when they put images/videos online without the child’s consent.

    • I agree with you – a lack of respect too.


  • A private moment should be a private moment. Children have a right to grieve in private.


  • I understand that this father is trying to make a point my filming this. But the poor boy will have to face that this clip went viral and was watched and shared by so many people, poor thing!


  • He should have told his son in private.


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