This is my 7 year old daughter Leila with her horse, Kally. My daughter is spending the weekend at Grandma and Bumpa's house. Kally died this morning. She was 28 years old and has had a good long life. I just don't know how I am going to break this to her when she gets home tomorrow. She is going to be devastated.
***UPDATE***: First of all, thank you all for your kind words and wonderful ideas. They are very much appreciated.
We broke the news to her Sunday when she got home. She bawled and bawled as I expected. We talked about how Kally was old, and how it was better for her to go then to suffer. How she was a lucky horse to be loved and how proud we were that Leila took such good care of her. Leila finally seemed to kind of come to terms with it.
We decided to make a "Kally Spot" in our flower garden next spring. I am going to look for a horse garden statue and let her pick some flowers to put there. She also started working on a drawing of her. She has a little diary so I also encouraged her to write about her favorite memories and feelings.
She does understand death, we have a dairy farm so she's been around when we've lost cows before. This is just the first time it was a personal pet. I wasn't sure if the cows would of helped prepare her or not. All in all I think she has been a real trooper.