I’ve been working on this idea for quite awhile.
This is Elenor and her friend Death. She has always been sick and Death comes to all children in a form that is the least scary to them. Elenor loves bunnies, so Death is in the form of a bunny. Death hangs out with the children comforting them and preparing them for the end of life. He brings Red Balloon with him as a gift to the child when they are ready to pass over. They have fun dream-like adventures and Elenor loves to read to Death when she feels scared. Red Balloon just hangs around with them and waits to become Elenor’s friend in the afterlife.