Yesterday I received a sad email from a dear friend who was reaching out for advice on how to tell her precious five year old daughter that the dog she's known her whole 5 years, has to be put down. He's sick and suffering and it is the only humane choice for them to make.
My heart broke for her - for her own loss of the dog she's known and loved for 9 years, and also for the pain and heartache that she knows her daughter will experience in losing her best friend.
Her questions were tough ones - Do I let her say goodbye? How do I tell her? How do I help her to understand?