We won’t have our best furriends forever. We won’t always be able to call our mothers. And we may lose our spouses sooner than we imagine.
These 20 photos in the list below tell us bittersweet stories of love and loss that we experience in our lives one way or another. While some of the pictures might make you sad (I actually cried my eyes out when I saw the third one), they serve as a good reminder why we should always cherish what we have.
#1. Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt celebrates receiving an Emmy award several months after the death of his wife
#2. This little guy’s parents made his wheelchair a part of his Halloween costume
#3. Last minutes with a faithful friend
#4. “Miss Thailand 2015″ kneels before her mother, who has worked collecting garbage for years so that she could raise her
#5. A mother’s message to a missing son
#6. A mother listens how her deceased son’s heart beats in the chest of the girl whom it was transplanted to
#7. I was feeling sad, so I went out for a short walk. When I saw this, it made me feel so good. Thank you, kind stranger!
#8. In the morning, I was sitting in a cafe next to this couple. This man’s name is John; his wife Linda lost her memory, and now she’s learning to read again, and he’s helping her with the alphabet. Patience, understanding, and love in its pure form
#9. Joe Biden Attends Son Beau Biden’s Emotional Funeral
Patrick Semansky / AP
#10. An inscription on a gravestone
#11. This girl invited a lonely elderly gentleman on a “date” when she found out he would be celebrating Christmas alone. He came in his best suit and with a bouquet
#12. An arrangement sent from a husband to his wife after he’d died
#13. An employee at a nature reserve sits next to a rhinoceros who fell victim to poachers
#14. I saw this on a key fob in a taxi
#15. This groom has terminal cancer and had been given a week to live
#16. A tattoo spotted on a wounded soldier
Laura Rauch / Stars and Stripes
#17. A man learns he is the last living veteran of his WWII battle group
ALEXANDER PETROSYAN / ALEKSANDRPETROSYAN.COM
#18. Old man eating by himself at In ‘N Out with a picture of his wife