My god. I've been in this fandom since May 2011 - over six years now! - and nothing the show or the fan base has ever done has affected me anywhere close to as heavily as that episode did. I'm not an AJ and family fan, I haven't lost a parent, and I have no right to be this full of feels, but I didn't even make it to the song before bawling. After the episode I just stared at my screen in disbelief for an hour. Well, what I could see of my screen through the tears.
This episode was heavier than a warehouse full of bricks and sweeter than all the world's honey reserves. Sure, other cartoons have tackled deep subjects many times before, but poni has never done anything like this and I'm in disbelief that this episode actually exists. It tore my heart out but still I've rewatched it a dozen times and listened to the song on repeat and I start crying every time.
A cartoon has no right to make me feel this way! Why, pastel tiny horses, do you do this to me