When poet Sheree Fitch awoke on the morning of April 20, 2020, as the full story of the tragedy in nearby Portapique, Nova Scotia, was unfolding, she thought of all affected; she thought of the painful day ahead, of what parents would say to their children. She thought about grieving when apart. 

The words that became " Because we love, we cry" moved through her immediately that day. Fitch shared the poem on social media and it was embraced by Nova Scotians and those who loved them across the country. It was read aloud in Canadian Parliament and during a provincial news conference about COVID-19, and  by Fitch herself during a nationally broadcast vigil held for the victims of the Portapique tragedy.

An illustrated edition of the full poem, including a pull-out postcard to send to loved ones near and far, Because We Love is a mantra, a prayer, a lament, a talisman, a paper rosary, a beating heart to keep close to your own.