The silence broke. A tear streamed down her cheek and she whispered, “Why does it hurt so bad, Mom?”

My mind swirls to give her an answer that will help to make sense of her pain.

I sigh and reply, “Sweetie it hurts because in this life we choose to care and love….and when we lose someone that we care for or love, it hurts our hearts.”

The silence resumes, her hand reaches for mine and a tear falls down my cheek.