Vanessa Bryant’s Tender Words of Grief

Written by: Rachel Goodman – February 11th, 2020 1:40pm pst

How do you ever heal after losing your best friend and your daughter? Vanessa Bryant posted on Instagram, expressing the ineffable reality she now faces every single day without Kobe and daughter Gianna.

credit: Instagram/Vanessa Bryant

“I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words,” Vanessa wrote. “My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone.”

She included a video of Gianna in her post, showcasing her daughter’s talents as a basketball player, and the connection she shared with her father, Kobe, who coached her team. During the Mamba team practices and games, the video clip highlights some of the other parents on the team expressing their admiration of Kobe as a person.

“The same way he committed as a player, he’s committed as a coach to our kids,” one of the parents said in a retroactively heartbreaking comment.

“Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t able to have that opportunity?!” Vanessa continued in her post. “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.”

Since Kobe and Gianna’s passing, Vanessa’s Instagram has been full of love and photos honoring their memory. She’s shared so much with us all, and we’ve learned so much about her family through posts and pictures. For instance, Vanessa recently shared a post of an interview Kobe did with ExtraTV speaking of her as his best friend.

“Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy,” Vanessa said at the end of her most recent post.

A ceremony celebrating the life of Kobe and Gianna will be held at the Staple’s Center in LA, where Kobe played with the Lakers during his twenty-year basketball career, on February 24th, 2020. The date, 24, has been chosen as a reference to Kobe’s jersey number which will forever live in the hearts of many.

Our hearts continue to break for Vanessa and her family.

About The Author:

Rachel Goodman is a Los Angeles based actress, host, and writer originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. In college, Rachel wrote for the Penn State Abington Literary Review and was an editorialist for The Lion’s Roar and The Montgomery County Ticket.

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