What is another word for heartbreaking?

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Causing overwhelming distress; very upsetting
“It is very heartbreaking to now know my mum would probably be alive if the police had done a proper investigation first time around.”
Causing unhappiness
“… a heartbreaking story of a family torn asunder by war.”
Deserving of one's pity
“… a heartbreaking attempt to escape that ends in disaster.”
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