How do you navigate a new world where you’ve just lost two vital pieces of your heart.
In a brave, powerful, and heartfelt message, Vanessa Bryant addressed the community with candor and love after tragically losing both her husband and daughter.
“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,” she said in her Instagram post. “Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them.”
Vanessa and Kobe Bryant
She spoke out about the devastation, not just for her own family but for the other victims and their families, and how she couldn’t express her level of immeasurable pain.
For all of us who have lost someone, it’s hard not to feel the stab right along with her, a piece of us lost somewhere. Perhaps that’s one reason why the news of Kobe’s passing struck so hard: we’ve all lost someone, and we can collectively empathize with the pain experienced by Vanessa, her family, and the families connected to every other victim aboard the helicopter.
Despite this horrific time, Bryant remained strong in her post and has courageously chosen to look for hope even in the darkest of times.
“I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today,” she admitted. “But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way.”
She requested privacy and asked for the public to give her the space to grieve and process.
Bryant closed out her message by mentioning the Mamba Sports Foundation. By supporting this fund, people can help the other families affected by the tragedy. If you would like to donate, please to go to MambaOnThree.org.
“Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers,” she said at the end. “And for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me.”
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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