We had a rough afternoon here yesterday. Daughter and her roommate had to put one of their cats down. He had been given to them by a friend only a few months ago. I took them to the vet's office and waited. Neither of them had ever actually been witness to a euthanizing; my daughter was surprised, and relieved to see/know that the process was so peaceful.
So, Jack's not sick anymore, but there are two girls in town with pretty heavy hearts.
And it's the kind of hurting that a parent can't help with much.