If ever there was the embodiment of a solid citizen, Levi was it. I only knew him for a year, but in that short time, I can honestly say I never saw that sweet horse put a foot wrong. Levi knew he had a JOB, an important JOB, and that was to take care of his mom and keep her safe. You could see that every time she was on or around him. He took the same care with her daughters. Her oldest would take him into the show ring and he'd do everything he possibly could for her. Again, I didn't know him long, but in the short time I did I never saw him give less than his all for his people.
When you see a friend go something hurtful you want to try in some way to make it better, even though you know there's no way to do that. I'm trying to remember what helped keep me going through my own loss, and if any of what I learned could help her in some way.
I'd tell her to grieve in whatever way she needs to, for however long and hard she wants. It's okay to curl up in a ball and cry, or to rant at the injustice of it all. It's important to take time for herself, to rely on the support system in her life so she can grieve as she needs to and then take that step towards healing. To talk about her sweet boy with friends, as much as she can or wants. It helps to purge the grief and to remember the wonderful times.
I'd tell her to write her thoughts down, to look through old pictures and videos, and to just let the feelings wash over her. That it's okay to sit in a dark room holding his halter or blanket, or to sit down on the floor and howl until it feels like she can't breathe. I'd tell her it's gonna hurt for a long time, and not to let anyone tell her there's a time limit on grief. I'd tell her that it's going to always hurt, and she's always going to cry, but that given time the good memories do start to outweigh the grief.
There's a song from the movie Meet the Robinsons by Rob Thomas called Little Wonders that I love, and I listened to it a lot when Sug passed. It feels appropriate to share some of it here:
Our lives are made in these small hours
These little wonders, these twists and turns of fate
Time falls away but these small hours
These small hours still remain
I'm so glad my friend had those hours with her special boy, those memories together. I only wish she'd had more of them.
RIP, sweet Levi.