No amount of words stitched together could exactly paint the pain of losing someone. Knowing that you wouldn’t be able to see and be with the person who held a special place in your life, sure is hard to bear. Thus, it is not surprising to see outburst of emotions and hear sentimental anecdotes during a funeral. After all, it is not easy to bid farewell to a person who played a big role in your life.
Though it is normal to witness people mourning the death of their loved ones, seeing animals grieving over the demise of their human is a different story. Over the years, the ability of animals to feel emotion such as joy, sadness, grief, excitement and other feelings similar with humans has been questioned.
However, there are new researches showing that animals are equally capable of feeling emotions just like people. The only difference is that humans can process why they are feeling certain emotions, while animals cannot.
A touching incident during a funeral in Paraiba, Brazil has taken the incident by storm. The heart-wrenching and heartwarming viral incident is proving to the world that animals, like horses, also know what it means to lose a loved one.
Wagner Wagner Lima and his trusted horse, Sereno enjoy spending time with each other. Sadly, the time they cherished so much was cut short due to Lima’s untimely demise. Due to injuries he attained from an unfortunate traffic accident while he was on his way home, Lima succumbed to death. Being a man of character, his sudden death left his family, friends, and his horse devastated.
To send Lima on his final resting place, a number of his family members, friends, and loved ones gathered together for a funeral procession. Sereno, his horse, also took part in the funeral procession because Wando, his brother, knew how much the two mean to each other.
Although Lima treated his horse as his friend, it was only during the funeral that people realized that Sereno loved and cared for Lima so much as well. While the funeral vehicle carrying Lima’s coffin reached the gathering, Sereno seemed to know that it really is goodbye for them.
“[Sereno] began to walk around the coffin, smelling the coffin. Then he neighed,” Kyioshi Abreu, one of the funeral attendees, shared in an interview. “It was a very strong emotion. Everyone who was there was moved. I cried myself when I saw that scene.”
The grieving horse then stopped from his tracks and rested his head against Lima’s coffin – a sight that warmed their hearts.
“This horse was everything to him,” Wando added. “It was as if the horse knew what was happening and wanted to say goodbye. All the way to the cemetery, he would whimper and beat his paws on the ground.”
The grieving horse then joined the procession led by Wando to deliver Lima to his final resting place in the city of Cajazeiras.
Lima may be gone here on Earth, but the vibrant memories he had made will surely be cherished by his horse, Sereno. In addition, according to Wando, he would not let Sereno grieve alone. He would take him to his family in honor of the memories he have for his late brother. And although nothing would ever compare to the bond between Lima and Sereno, it sure reassuring to know that Wando is ready to fill the place of his deceased brother.
Watch the touching farewell below and SHARE Lima and Sereno’s one-of-a-kind story that goes to show how big and beautiful an animal’s heart could be!