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NOTE: I received feedback from Elsie - poet5170 Extremely wise feedback: "It only hurts if you lose a `true` friend and there aren't very many of them about." Thanks Elsie.
I wish I could tell a TRUE friend from so-called friends because they seem so TRUE. That's the reason it hurts. Once we think the one that left was not true, the pain goes away except that friend who died or moved away to live in another place. It was beyond the friend's control.