While fans wait for official information about the memorial services for Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, a funeral home in Dayton, Ohio is holding one of its own.
The Routsong Funeral Home has set up a makeshift service for the Bryants and will have a registry book available for people to sign and share their remembrances in.
The funeral home set up Lakers jerseys with numbers 8 and 24 on them, along with flowers and photos of the father and daughter. The service ends on Friday, and then the home will mail the registry book to Bryant’s family in California.
There were nine people killed in the January 26th helicopter crash. The Bryants along with Gianna’s basketball teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, Altobelli’s parents John and Keri Altobelli, Chester’s mom Sarah Chester, girls’ basketball coach Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan.
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A local funeral will be hold a registry book signing for those around Dayton to write messages for the Bryant family in the loss of Kobe and Gianna.
The book will be flown out for the family to have!
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There will surely be plenty of touching tributes in the funeral home’s registry, but the most emotional one since the tragedy came from Kobe’s wife Vanessa.
“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,” Vanessa began an Instagram post last week. “Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. 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 to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.”
She continued, “We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.”
“I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them,” Vanessa wrote. “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. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever.”
She concluded: “Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality.”