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I really can’t watch videos about dogs being abandoned or about to be put down or sick or injured ones.

Why, you ask?

Because they make me cry, okay?!?! There, I said it!

What always makes you cry?

Here’s what AskReddit users had to say.

1. A beautiful letter.

“My late partner passed away from leukemia at 38 years old. He hid a letter for me in our room incase he didn’t make it. It’s the most beautiful and eloquent thing I’ve ever read.

He talks about regretting not being able to see my hair turn Grey, or seeing me accomplish my dreams. He gives me permission to fall in love again, be messy, and move forward. The level of support is so encouraging.

It’s also a heartbreaking read and I’ve only read it 3 times. I will read it again on the 2 year date of his passing at the end of this month.”

2. Horrible.

“One particular patient I had working in a trauma center. 19 year old girl I’d never seen before, and didn’t know at all.

She was ejected from a vehicle and then crushed because her boyfriend was trying to show off. I was training new staff, and they were at the end of their training so I was only in the room to provide supervision and step in if necessary and I spent the entire trauma holding her hand (on her request) and trying to comfort her and keep her mind off of the injuries to both of her legs.

Her last words were spoken directly to me: “this really hurts. Can I go to sleep?”

I cried for days after. I’ve never had a patient’s death hit me as hard before or after.”

3. Sad.

“I live with my autistic son and when he is with me and not with his mother I have literally no time or energy to think.

When I am alone every future for him plays in my mind and I can’t think of a happy ending. Some day he will lose me and his mom and will be alone in a place for people with special needs.

And I read tons of articles and others how this all is for autistic people like him. It breaks my heart every time to think about him as an elderly person who has a broken heart but can’t communicate it straight.

I hope I will be live long enough to outlive him, I am just 20 years older.”

4. Brutal.

“The scene in Saving Private Ryan when the medic gets shot and d**s on the field with the rest of his group desperately trying to save him.”

5. Pets are family.

“One of my cats stopped eating on Friday, and Saturday we took her to emergency after we got the bloodwork from our regular vet.

Some sort of super aggressive bone cancer, and making the decision to euthanize her is the hardest thing I’ve done so far.”

6. Gone too soon.

“My daughter’s best friend d**d in a car crash a couple of years back.

She was 18.

She’d been coming to our house since she was 4 or 5.

She’d become a part of our family. Even when her and my daughter would have the silly arguments kids have when they become teens and a bit more independent, she’d still make herself at home the next time she was round.

She had a smile that lit up the room.

When I think about the night she died, I cry.

When I think back to the heartbroken faces of 8 teenagers that appeared at our house an hour after it happened, I cry.

When I think about how her family must feel, I cry.

When I think about how her death has impacted my daughter’s life, I cry.

When I think about how her life could’ve turned out, I cry.

Even writing this, tears run down my face.”

7. In recovery.

“I’m a member of a 12 Step program and in meetings we give out chips or keychains for different amounts of clean/sober time.

After giving out multiple years, one year, six months ……. etc etc, the meeting chair will ask if there’s anyone new or “coming back” (relapsed and is returning to the program) who wants to take a 24 hour chip.

When anyone gets up and takes their 24h chip, the room INVARIABLY gives them the loudest applause and cheers and welcomes them back.

The whole room knows how much courage it takes to come back and how scary it can be to get up and walk to the front of the room for that chip. It’s such a beautiful thing to see and it makes me cry every time.”

8. What I missed…

“It’s my kids.

When they were little, my mom had a brain aneurysm, my dad spiraled into a deep depression and they lost their home and business. At the same time, my mother in law has a stroke and my in laws’ finances collapsed and they were on the verge of losing their home too.

So I worked crazy hard to be everyone’s rock. I worked multiple jobs to help out my family. When I wasn’t working, I was taking care of them emotionally and physically. I so drained that i didn’t have much left to give to my kids.

I missed soccer games and school plays and trick or treating and first words and countless other things. Thankfully, my wife was there for them. So they got to experience all the good things in childhood….I just wasn’t there for it. Even when I was physically present, I was exhausted and cranky.

Now they are teenagers and don’t want to be around me. I just want to hold their hands, tell them that I love them and do something fun with them — anything at all, I just want to be with them. But my chance to hold them, teach them new things and experience the amazing joys of childhood with them are long gone. It tears me up inside….I’m bawling on the couch right now typing this.

Yes, all the work paid off. Amazingly, both my mom and mother in law are alive (with physical impairments). My parents lost their house and business but they’re in place that works for them. And my in laws went through bankruptcy but were able to keep their house. I’m glad it worked out. But god….it hurts thinking about what I missed.”

9. RIP.

“I miss Robin Williams.

Remembering that he’s not around anymore always makes my eyes sting a little bit.”

10. Addiction.

“Whenever my addict Daughter gets arrested (4 times in the last two weeks).

Whenever a look at a picture of her. Whenever I remember a memory of her when she was little and she was still my angel. Whenever I try to think of something I could do to help her and realize that I’ve already done everything a parent can do, and it hasn’t helped .

I cry when it gets cold out, and wonder if she is stuck out the night somewhere, cold and lonely. I cry when I look at her 8 year old daughter, that My wife and I are raising. I cry a lot lately.”

11. A sad song.

“Hearing ‘The Living Years’, by Mike and the Mechanics.

My dad is still alive and I hug him whenever I can.

But man, this song hits me in the feels.”

Okay, now it’s your turn.

What always makes you cry?

Talk to us in the comments! Thanks!


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