We are heartbroken. Several months ago, difficult child adopted a cat. Not just any cat. A very loving cat. I didn't want her to have it because I didn't feel she was really able to properly care for a pet. However, when husband met the kitty...like difficult child, he fell instantly in love. It behaved like a dog. Very warm and loving. Very docile. Sweet. Everyone can pet it, etc. It especially loved difficult child. And she seemed responsible in her care of it. We helped her a little with it paying for some of its bills...but the larger things were paid for free by the Humane Society and difficult child took care of the arrangements. When I saw difficult child with the cat....it was heartwarming. A special pet. Early this morning, difficult child walked to a little store. Not sure why. Perhaps to get cigarettes. The cat followed her. So, she picked it up to take it home. It jumped out of her arms and just then a car came by. It got hit by a car. I don't know the details...but somehow the car hit it again. difficult child saw the entire thing and started screaming hysterically. The store manager called the police. The car took off. Three police officers came. They felt sorry for difficult child. She was trying to care for the cat and was covered with blood. They took her to an emergency vet. On the way to the vet...the cat died in her arms. She called us at this point screaming so badly...we couldn't understand her. We met her at the emergency vet's place. When she got to the vet...she calmed down a little and said goodbye to her cat. We took her home...but she became hysterical again. We gave her Risperdal. Shortly thereafter, she was calmer. Then she went to stay with a friend and we told her that she should call us in a little while. She is blaming herself for not seeing that the cat was following her. We have told her that she shouldn't do this. A tiny part of me feels like she should have been more careful. on the other hand, I see where this could have happened to anyone. I do wonder why she was getting cigs. so very early in the morning. It was still dark. It's hard to say...but perhaps some people drive more carelessly at weird hours...then again...that would not be her fault. Where am I going with this? Well....it's just that its been my experience that one way or another impulsive behavior ends up with difficult or even tragic results. husband says that this is just too heartbreaking to even attempt to bring up a lesson here and there are extenuating circumstances. I think I would have to agree. WE are totally torn apart by this. We think, given the circumstances, she is handling it decently. Two hours after it all hapened, she was doing much better. I have a call into her therapist to get some additional advice on what I might say and/or do if she has any other serious crying jags. Does anyone have any thoughts? But wouldn't you know it...difficult child is going through one of her "periods" where she hasn't seen her therapist in about a month. She does that. I'm not sure if she will go and I can't "force" her to do so and won't. I can only make the suggestion and leave it at that.