Brendan Bickerstaff-Clark - Father Makes Son's Grief Go Viral - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

An Ohio dad made the news by breaking terrible news to his son—and he recorded the entire encounter.

Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark told his son that his ex—and the boy’s mother—had died of a heroin overdose. The little boy is just 8 years old, and many critics are calling for Bickerstaff-Clark’s head.

“This video makes me sick. This video was not made out of the goodness of your heart, you did it for a like,” said one commenter.

“Yes, heroin addicts everywhere are perusing Facebook looking for inspiration to get clean. What a sick violation of this child’s privacy,” said another, and another said, “Why would you film it an put it on Facebook?! My mother died of a heroin overdose when I was a kid, and if she had seen this video, she wouldn’t have given a sh** because she was a heroin addict!”

Bickerstaff-Clark is also a heroin addict who has been sober for the past 3 months, and he says that he videotaped the encounter so that “addicts with children can see the seriousnes (sic) of our epidemic.”

“Mommy died last night,” says Bickerstaff-Clark in the video.

“What do you mean, my mom? How?” the child asks, bursting into tears.

“From drugs,” Bickerstaff-Clark tells his son.

Although sharing the post on social media is questionable, at best, he does have support. Some Internet commenters have shared well-wishes and congratulated him, as well.

What Do You Think?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on whether this man was right or wrong for sharing his son’s grief—and making a private moment public—so please chime in and join the conversation on my Facebook page or on Twitter!

Carlos Gamino