Love exists between two people yet it is the hug that transforms it from the emotional and inner sphere to the sphere of the physical world. In embracing the one we love, we hold them to ourselves, physically hold them to the beating of our heart and the rhythm of our breathing.
I am very much a hugging person. I have a lot of periods in which there are times I don't know what I can say to comfort someone, so I will hug them and hold them until they feel like talking further or can think. It is as though giving the gift of love and presence.