It’s been sixteen days since Vanessa Bryant lost her husband of 18 years and her 13-year-old daughter in one of the most horrific tragedies to rock the sports world in my lifetime.
It’s difficult to think how Vanessa is even capable of raising her three remaining daughters under the weight of such imposing grief, but she’s taking comfort in knowing that both Kobe and Gigi “both knew that they were so deeply loved.”
Last week, Vanessa was in attendance for Gianna Bryant’s No. 2 jersey being retired by her Harbor Day School in Corona Del Mar, California, where students, faculty and staff paid tribute to the girl who earned the nickname Mambacita.
On Tuesday night, Vanessa posted a montage video of her Mambacita dominating on the hardwood while her proud dad coaches from the sidelines, one of Kobe’s most precious passions in his Second Act.
I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live. Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri. I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.
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