What is another word for heartrending?

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Causing unhappiness
“… couldn't bear to see the heartrending photos of victims of the famine.”
Hard to accept or bear especially emotionally
“… a heartrending choice between saving his daughter or his son.”
Of a kind to cause great distress
“… heartrending memories of all the terrible crimes he'd committed and was sorry for now.”
Deserving of one's pity
“… the heartrending sight of a starving child holding out his hands for food.”
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