With the untimely and tragic deaths of her husband, Kobe, and daughter, Gianna, Vanessa Bryant has been left to pick up the pieces and try to move on in life with their three remaining children, Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7-months.
Kobe and Gianna Bryant were killed in a helicopter crash, along with seven other passengers, on their way to a basketball game at the Mamba Facility on January 26th in Calabasas, California.
The news sent shockwaves throughout the world, with countless people offering their condolences. As should be expected, though, Vanessa Bryant is truly struggling and she’s worried about her children’s well-being, according to a report by People Magazine.
A source close to Bryant and her family shared with People Magazine that the now-mother of three is naturally ‘still processing her grief’ and that she’s ‘concerned’ for her daughters.
“The shock hasn’t entirely worn off,” the source close to Bryant told the publication. “She’s very tired; she hasn’t been sleeping. She’s worried about her girls, worried about what happens next.”
Fortunately for Vanessa and her daughters, they’ve had people with them offering support. “She’s got people around her who are helping her: physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally,” the source continued.
The source close to the family went on to share that there have been plenty of people offering love and care to her and her daughters. “She has spent the last week surrounded by people who love her and want only the best for her. She’s really being loved and cared for. And so are the girls,” they revealed to People.
Additionally, the outpouring of memorials has been touching to Bryant. ‘Every memorial means something to her’ and ‘every memorial is important’. It was just recently reported that the Bryant family has been working with the Staples Center, where Kobe played for so many years, to gather and catalog all the memorials and tributes left for Kobe and Gianna.
Following the announcement that Kobe and Gianna Bryant had been killed in the helicopter crash, Vanessa remained quiet. It would be several days before she finally broke her silence about the unimaginable tragedy her family was facing.
On January 31st in an Instagram post, Bryant issued a formal statement saying, “[We] are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister.”
“… not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. 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 added.
Dealing with death is never easy. And while time certainly heals wounds, there will never be something that acts as a fix-all for such tragic circumstances. Bryant has taken comfort in one thing, though: ‘… in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew they were so deeply loved’.
In the same Instagram post, she thanked the millions of people for their support during their extremely trying time. “My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,” she said. “Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them.”
If you’re wondering what will happen to all the stuffed animals, flowers and other gifts being left in remembrance of #KobeBryant, #Gianna and the other crash victims, #VanessaBryant doesn’t want it wasted. @BA_Turner explains: https://t.co/jDXOzVJhLN
— mike hiserman (@MikeHiserman) February 1, 2020