"He has to deal with this for his entire life," says Kim Kardashian West in trying to comfort her mother

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
Updated May 04, 2015 09:20 AM

Though the reactions from the Kardashian side of Bruce Jenner‘s expansive family were noticeably absent from his bombshell interview watched by nearly 17 million people, they’ll have their say soon.

In a sneak peek at Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce, Kris Jenner has an emotional conversation with daughter Kim, who tries to comfort her as she deals with her ex-husband’s transition into a woman.

“He has to deal with this for his entire life, of waking up and feeling like, ‘Whoa, this isn’t my body, this doesn’t feel comfortable,’ ” says Kim. “That’s the only way I can kind of imagine it, and you really have to like, let go.”

Kris replies, tearfully, that she has “memories” of a life with Bruce that “sometimes feels like it didn’t exist” now that he’s transitioning into a woman.

The two-part special premieres Sunday, May 17 (9 p.m. ET), on E! and will also feature “intimate conversations and intensely emotional moments,” according to a network release, with Bruce, Kris, Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, Scott Disick and Kendall and Kylie Jenner each having a say “as they work through hearing from Bruce directly about finally living his life as the person he’s always known himself to be.”

The special, executive-produced by Bruce himself, intends to “help other families experiencing the same thing” and also “includes family home video footage that reminds viewers and the family of the special times they spent with Bruce as a father, husband and friend.”

Editor’s note: Per Bruce Jenner’s request, PEOPLE will continue to use male pronouns until otherwise instructed.

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