Death is part of the process of life - even for animals. It's not easy to have to let-go a beloved friend. My 12 yr. old son had to make the choice about having his cat remain in severe pain or release her to heaven. It was a difficult and heartwrenching decision for him -- as he loved this kitten as a best friend. But, with my reassurance, he made the choice so that she would not have to suffer anymore.
Times like these cause us to reflect on life and the after-life. How grateful we are for the knowledge that there is much more after this earthly existence. If we didn't have that understanding -- then, death would be nearly unbearable -- even for a child with a beloved pet.