Top 10 Saddest Things that Can Happen in Life

The Top Ten
1 The Death of a Parent

I found out after seeing an Instagram post from a friend from school that she lost her mom to a disease in January 2020 when that friend was only 15 years old. I bet it was unimaginable, the torture that she must have gone through to lose her mom at such a young age. To make matters worse, her dad isn't with her.

If you have seen my other comment on this item, you can see that I'm sensitive to hearing stories of children losing a parent because I cannot begin to comprehend how excruciatingly painful it would be for your mom or dad to die when you're just a child. I've mentioned many times on this website that I lost a loved one in 2018. It was unbearable to deal with and it caused me to develop the fear of losing another loved one.

2 The Death of Your Child

This is by far the worst! If my parents died, I'd be sad but could handle it. If I died, my wife would be devastated but would eventually get over it. Even if I was slowly and painfully killed, it does not compare. The death of a child is absolutely soul-destroying and lives with both parents forever, even affecting their long-term health. If I lost my son, it would end me.

I haven't experienced this one personally, but I did lose a brother when I was young. I can tell you that I've never seen anyone as hopelessly crushed as my parents were for the next 4 or 5 months. If it had been an only child... well, I'm not very religious, but I still pray for anyone who has to go through that pain.

3 Suffering a Painful Death

Knowing that this is the end, and that this is the last time you'll ever get to see your family or friends again. And as the pain stops, you know that you're already gone.

4 Getting Diagnosed With a Disease

This is actually my biggest fear. I eat a lot of unhealthy foods and don't work out much. I have a fast metabolism, so I'm still very skinny, but that hasn't subsided my intense fear of diabetes.

It would be even worse to be diagnosed with cancer. Could a tumor rapidly growing in your body and losing your hair be any better? No!

I can only imagine what knowing that your days are numbered feels like.

5 Getting Raped

I think this is worse than getting murdered. Rapists should get a much worse sentence than murderers. Their victims still have to live every day with all the trauma while the murderers' victims were set free of it and are now resting in heaven.

That would be extremely horrifying. That would traumatize you for the rest of your life. There have been many, many people who have been suffering from PTSD due to that.

6 Receiving a Death Sentence

You would have to do something mercilessly terrible to get a death sentence.

7 The Death of a Pet

I had 7 guinea pigs, a bunny, 3 birds, and a dog. I bonded with them so much that they literally felt like family. I thought it was all going to last forever until my 3 guinea pigs passed away, then my bunny passed away, my 3 birds passed away, my other 3 guinea pigs passed away, and my dog - who was there all my life and felt like a big sister - passed away. Then my last guinea pig passed away in January of last year.

I felt so sad, I just kept thinking about them and crying. It was hard to get over my guinea pigs Snowflake and Marshmallow, my bird Jimmy, and my dog Princess.

8 Breaking Up With Your Loved One

Betrayal of the heart. I had been in love for over a decade, and I thought that I was the love of their life. The pain is unbearable, to believe that wasn't necessarily true. I feel empty, as if a great hole had been dug through my chest, an empty pit. She was my best friend.

I had to break up with my boyfriend back in the 8th grade because my mom didn't allow me to date. I did cry a lot. I was really heartbroken because I really loved him.

9 The Death of a Sibling

I lost my sister a couple of years ago when I was about 9. It made me really sad, and my parents cried almost every day for about a year. The worst part is she died not even a day after she was born, and I only saw her once before she died. When I think of her, I will always remember she is in a better place.

I've lost two brothers over the years. I miss them both immensely. I wish I could still hug them and say I love them one more time. I would trade everything if that meant I had five more minutes to hear or see them one last time.

10 Having Suicidal Thoughts

I have suicidal thoughts all the time. Sometimes, I attempt to do it. One time, someone made fun of me about it, and I hurt myself. And in the winter, I get depressed, which lowers my grades, and I want to kill myself even more. Sometimes I think, "If I hold my breath for long enough, maybe I don't have to deal with this anymore." I know life is worth it, and I know it's a sin, but sometimes I just want to do it. I just want to get it over with. Having these thoughts is really one of the hardest times of my life.

I always go into this so many times. When I feel jealous and neglected in a fake way, I feel like I'm about to puke out some invisible, anxiety vomit. Anger begins to erupt hotter and hotter into my head, causing my amygdala to open up the doors from itself. And I feel like I'm about to cry barely, since my eyes lose light.
Trust me, you'll feel the same.

The Contenders
11 The Death of a Grandparent

My grandpa passed away in June of last year from cancer. Just seeing him suffer was so hard. I have to say, that was the hardest thing I ever went through in my life.

I am scared to lose my grandma. She is getting old and losing her memory. It really scares me that she is going to die one day. She is always there for me when I need it.

When my grandma died, I couldn't believe I could go on without her.

12 Going to Prison
13 The Death of a Best Friend

My best friend passed away three years ago from brain cancer. Honestly, this is a whole other level of sadness. Even now, as I write this, I feel that aching, heart-throbbing pain.

Oh my God, I would never have a new best friend forever. I will forever love my best friend that died.

I would visit them every day, pray for them, and I would cry.

14 Having Abusive Parents

My dad was a very abusive dad and an alcoholic. He had favorites, and his favorite was my little brother. He would make me try to beat him up almost every night, but my brother would win. One night, he destroyed every Lego set in my room that I had worked really hard on. He hurt me so badly that I couldn't go into stores, or else he would have been arrested.

He even once got so drunk that he hurt my mom. All I heard was just her crying. Then he smoked his tires and drove away. We had to go to our friends' house that night, and our friends spent all night trying to find him. Then one night, he got a DUI and went to prison for a night. My parents got a divorce later on.

Then, a couple of days after the incident, he got drunk and threw a beer can at the cops. Later, he was sent to Texas for like 3 months. Now, I have to see him every other week on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

15 Getting Bullied

I think that this is one of the biggest obstacles people have to go through at school. I was bullied in the eighth grade. People would call me stupid, tell me I'm ugly, mock me, and treat me differently than the other people.

Getting bullied in school. Getting bullied by other strangers. Getting yelled at. Never getting attention. And never having a friend.

I wish I didn't have to experience this.

I wish I didn't feel this pain. People yell and steal from you. I remember this time I thought someone was my friend, but three weeks after, he yelled at me, calling me names and acting like I never did anything to him.

16 Loving Somebody Who Doesn't Love You Back

This happens to many women out in the world. We just need to be strong and know there is no one more beautiful than you.

This usually happens all the time with people loving famous role models.

My best friend and multiple other people...

17 Missing Your Childhood

Sometimes I miss being a kid because it was fun, and I was always happy. I just feel like whenever you go into junior high, that's when all the drama starts. And especially being a teenager, that's something that I have to put up with.

I miss it all the time, but it's always so fuzzy when I try to picture it.

I miss my early days so badly. I just wish time travel could come out soon! I miss it too much.

18 Your Crush Hating You
19 Abuse of Animals

I have to be honest, it really hurts to see an animal getting abused. One of my biggest regrets is abusing my first guinea pig. It ended up dying because of me.

Animals are lovely and soft. Why would anyone out of 7 billion+ want to kill them? Are they out of their minds?

20 Seeing Your Father Cry for the First Time

My father recently made a huge mistake and is now under investigation. He can't see me and my two sisters without supervision. When I got tired after being at the mall as a visitation for about an hour with him, I wanted to go home. I saw my dad bawling his eyes out and sobbing to where his shoulders were shaking violently when he got into his truck.

The worst part is it really was my fault, and my little sister also blamed it on me, which made the guilt build up more. Seeing my dad cry like that - the image and guilt for wanting to go home - will probably live with me for the rest of my life.

21 Being a Disappointment

I have suicidal thoughts for this reason. I can never do anything right. My mom says she wishes she could hate me for being a disappointment.

Do you ever think the world would be a better place without you?

22 Getting Separated from Your Best Friend

I have a lot of best friends. I love all of them equally. But one thing for sure is that one of the only reasons I'm on this planet is because of them. You might not know how many lives friends save. They are my emotional support.

I will always find a way to find my best friend.

23 A Mother Abandoning Her Child

Always making me cry. I have a friend of mine whose mother abandoned him while he was very young, and now he lives with his abusive father. He sometimes asks his grandma about his mom. She doesn't know a thing.

A mother should love her child, no matter the cost. If you're going to abandon your child, it should be for a good reason.

24 Being Depressed

I get really depressed sometimes. I also have suicidal thoughts. My grades plummet when I'm in depression. Sometimes I just want to end it all.

This is one of the worst feelings ever. Please everyone, if you are depressed (like me), don't give up! You are worth it! It will get better. It just sucks right now.

This will ruin your life, drive away your friends, and end your life.

25 The Death of a Spouse
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