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Definition of heartrending:

  1. Causing intense grief; overpowering with anguish; very distressing.

Synonyms:

depressing, miserable, dismal, agonizing, pathetic, pitiful, afflicting, lamentable, grave, piteous, weighty, poor, deplorable, hurtful, excruciating, tormenting, severe, unfortunate, melancholy, woeful, unlucky, tragic, flagitious, serious, heavy, rueful, sorry, monstrous, pitiable, mournful, galling, cruel, drear, tearful, teary, sorrowful, torturous, heartbreaking, distressful, dangerous, dreary, distressing, atrocious, grievous, wretched, painful, life-threatening, harrowing, harsh, saddening.

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