Granger Smith’s Wife Amber Sends Powerful Message About Grief After Son River’s Death: ‘I Am Broken’

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Amber Smith, wife of country singer Granger Smith, took to Instagram on Monday (July 1) to share her emotional journey following 3-year-old son River's death in early June.

The post features four adorable photos of mother and son, interspersed with bible quotes. 

"I just want to share my journey with all of you because it will be a long road," Smith wrote in the post. "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."

The Smith family announced on June 6 that River had died following a tragic drowning accident. The family asked for donations instead of gifts and were able to donate $218,000 to Dell Children's Medical Center on July 27.

In her Instagram post, Amber writes: "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."

See the full post below.

 
 
 
 
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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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