He's felt this pain before.
16 years old the first time, when his daddy died. Too few years later, his brother was gone too. On and on, again and again; watching lovers leave, friends and family fade away. Near-endless years of fighting for dots on Cerebra's screen that blinked out, one by one, 'til only his was left. Yeah, he's felt this pain before.
It's not the first time he's had his heart ripped out. Just the first time it's happened literally.