YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – An Ohio man is sharing a very personal experience on social media that he hopes will help spread more awareness about drug addiction.
Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark told his 8-year-old son on Monday that his mother died of a heroin overdose.
"This was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. My son has no mother because of heroin," Bickerstaff-Clark wrote.
Bickerstaff-Clark, who is a recovering drug addict, is seen in the Facebook video, sitting outside on a table across from his son and a woman.
"Your mommy died last night," Bickerstaff-Clark said.
"What do you mean? My mom," the boy said.
Bickerstaff-Clark's son started crying as the woman next to embraced him. Bickerstaff-Clark walked over the table to hold his son as he continued to cry.
"Please get help so our children don't have to suffer," Bickerstaff-Clark wrote. He said he posted the video so that "addicts with children can see the seriousness of our epidemic."
The video has viewed more than 26 million times with mixed reactions. While many offered their condolences, others did not agree with sharing the boy's reaction.
Patricio Ephraim Carnivara wrote, "Sorry for your loss Brenden. Thank you for sharing."
"Brenden, this takes courage and it's something that people need to see. Thank you for putting this out for the world," Jessica Kidwell wrote.
"So wrong to record this," Kayla Benner wrote.
"I get the message behind the video but I'm sorry it's in very poor taste," Sarah Louise Hewitt wrote.
Bickerstaff-Clark wrote that he was 94 days clean when he posted the video.
THIS 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. DONT LET THIS DISEASE HAVE TO MAKE SOMEONE TELL YOUR CHILD THAT YOUR DEAD BECAUSE OF DRUGS. THIS WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS IVE 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 DONT HAVE TO SUFFER. THIS WASNT STAGED. THIS WAS REAL. I HAD SOMEONE RECORD THIS SO ADDICTS WITH CHILDREN CAN SEE THE SERIOUSNES OF OUR EPIDEMIC. I AM A RECOVERING ADDICT MYSELF WITH 94 DAYS CLEAN TODAY... PLEASE SHARE N MAYBE HELP SAVE A CHILDS PARENTS LIFE. #wedorecover #godblesstheoneswhocouldntPosted by Brenden Clark on Monday, October 10, 2016