Granger Smith’s Wife, Amber, Shares Heartbreaking Message of Grief— “Missing My Baby So Much”

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Granger Smith wife Amber talks about death of son River
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Without question, Granger Smith and his wife Amber have been the picture of strength since losing their son, River, in a tragic drowning accident in the family’s pool in Texas. The couple has maintained a presence on social media to express their gratitude for everyone’s support, to share memories of their three-year-old boy, and to discuss how they would move forward.

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But things have not been easy for the family, and in an incredibly honest and heartbreaking post on Instagram, Amber shares several photos with River along with a message describing her new reality.

She writes, “Missing my baby so much. People keep saying, ‘you’re so strong,’ ‘how are you functioning,’ ‘I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed.’ I am broken. My heart will never be the same. I will never be the same. Yes, I have strong moments, but I also (as any grieving mother would do) cry, scream, question, and fall to my knees. Then I get back up and fight.”

Amber goes on to explain, “I just want to share my journey with all of you because it will be a long road, and if we can help at least one person going through something like this, then it is worth it to me to be open about my feelings, my faith, my struggles.”

While Amber and Granger presented a check for over $200,000 to the Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin where River was treated, the Mom wanted other parents to know that their support went beyond the monetary.

“To any of you experiencing a loss of any kind (and maybe I’m just trying to remind myself here) – You can do this,” she writes. “You can grieve and still be strong for your family, husband and or other kiddos. Lean in to Him in your weakness and learn to not beat yourself up (like I do) when you are having a moment of calm. Shut out the negative and focus on the light and the love.”

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She also offers some sound advice for everyone: “Be kind to those around you. Before you choose to judge or tear down, always try to encourage or lift people up. That person next to you, that car in front of you, that woman down the street, that man in your office, those kiddos in the store, you never know what kind of trials they are facing.”

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Missing my baby so much ❤️. People keep saying, “you’re so strong” “how are you functioning?” “I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed.” I am broken. My heart will never be the same. I will never be the same. Yes, I have strong moments, but I also (as any grieving mother would do) cry, scream, question, and fall to my knees. Then I get back up and fight. I just want to share my journey with all of you because it will be a long road, and if we can help at least one person going through something like this, then it is worth it to me to be open about my feelings, my faith, my struggles. To any of you experiencing a loss of any kind (and maybe I’m just trying to remind myself here) – You can do this. You can grieve and still be strong for your family, husband and or other kiddos. Lean in to Him in your weakness and learn to not beat yourself up (like I do) when you are having a moment of calm. Shut out the negative and focus on the light and the love. 💫 Be kind to those around you. Before you choose to judge or tear down, always try to encourage or lift people up. That person next to you, that car in front of you, that woman down the street, that man in your office, those kiddos in the store, you never know what kind of trials they are facing. Thank you all again for sharing your stories of loss with me, for lifting my family up through prayers and encouragement. YOU are the reasons for my strength at times and I’m so grateful. ♥️

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