Vanessa Bryant shared her experience of grief and encouraged others in similar circumstances.
Facing the unexpected death of loved ones is devastating. Vanessa Bryant, wife of late basketball Kobe Bryant had to go through such an awful experience. The 38-year-old lost her husband Kobe Bryant and her daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash on 26 January 2020.
Recently, Vanessa took to social media and shared an emotional post about grief. She even encouraged others who might be going through similar situations.
"Grief is a messed up cluster of emotions," she wrote. She continued, "One day you're in the moment laughing and the next day you don't feel like being alive," according to People.
Further, Vanessa motivated people to find their reason to live in the midst of the sorrows that were bothering them. She wrote, "I want to say this for people struggling with grief and heartbreaking loss. Find your reason to live. I know it's hard."
She then revealed that it was her children who inspired her to keep moving forward when she was down with grief "I look at my daughters and I try to push through that feeling for them," wrote the mother. She concluded the post by saying, "Death is guaranteed but living the rest of the day isn't. Find your reason."
The death of Kobe and Gianna came as a shock to Vanessa and the rest of the family. In an emotional eulogy, she spoke of the void they left behind.
Speaking of her husband, she said, "He was the most amazing husband. Kobe loved me more than I could ever express or put into words," according to People.
She added, "I have no idea how I deserved a man who loved or wanted me more than Kobe. We loved each other with our whole beings, two perfectly imperfect people making a beautiful family and raising our sweet and amazing girls." Vanessa who got married to Kobe in 2001 continued, "Kobe was the MVP of girl dads, or MVD. He never left the toilet seat up. He always told the girls how beautiful and smart they are. He taught them how to be brave.”
Further, she stated that she wanted her girls to know he was an "amazing person, husband, and father."
Recounting the memories of their daughter Gianna, Vanessa said, "She was daddy’s girl but I know she loved her mamma. She was one of my very best friends. Kobe always said she was me — she had my fire, my personality and sarcasm, but she was tender and loving on the inside. She had the best laugh. It was infectious, it was pure and genuine. Kobe and Gianna naturally gravitated toward each other."
In the months following the tragic incident, Vanessa shared numerous posts on social media honoring Kobe and Gianna. "I miss your big hugs, your kisses, your smile, your loud ass deep laugh. I miss teasing you, making you laugh, and bursting your bubble," wrote the grieving wife on what would have been Kobe's 42nd birthday.
On Christmas, Vanessa wrote, "Always Together, Never Apart Together Forever In Our Hearts," with a picture of the whole family.
Undoubtedly, Vanessa is trying to push through each day even when the pain of loss is still taking a toll on her.