I'm having a senior moment. The word I'm looking for is a third grade vocabulary word; it's not in any way obscure.
"After she told her story, the others reacted with a respectful, something moment of silence."
The word emphasizes the feeling of awe.
What word am I looking for??
I'll know it when I see it, and I'll accept the first answer that gives me the word.
EDIT: When I finally hit upon the word I was seeking, it became clear that I should have said something else in this question. Awe doesn't cover it. The others were in awe, yes, at the strength the woman showed by just being alive, but they were also shocked at the utter hell the woman had endured. Their silent response was very solemn and sad.