These are two human beings, who happen to be widows, who happen to be Buddhists, sharing common experiences. And the power of this episode is that sooner or later we will all share these experiences.
Young Venerable Sumitta was no stranger to death. His father died, when he was three, one of his sisters died when he was nine. Later he would lose his brother to a brain tumor. Once he became a more experienced monk, his family and friends relied on him to help them all through their grief. They looked to Him for wisdom and guidance.