Granger and Amber Smith suffered an unimaginable tragedy after their son River died in a tragic drowning accident a few weeks ago. Now for the first time, they open up about what happened and express their gratitude for all of the support and prayers they’ve received in a 28 minute YouTube video. On Granger Smith’s social media pages he’s left the following message accompanying the video:
We’ve been on quite the journey these past few weeks. I’ve been dark on social media, but I still have a full understanding of the responsibility placed upon me as a public figure. I can choose to snuff that influence, or instead use my platform (in relevancy big or small) towards what I believe is right. I believe I’m obligated on certain levels to include you guys in my current journey, as I’ve been involved either personally or musically in yours. . The finality and mortality brought on by death makes life feel fragile. It can weaken, terrify and separate those close to it. But it can also awaken us. It can remind us never to take a moment with those we love for granted. In my house, we have united stronger and closer than we’ve ever been. We’ve cried. We’ve smiled. I’ve held my family tight. I’ve found strength from God and used that in the face of adversity so that my wife and children can rely on me. I’ve guarded my heart and my mind during weak moments and graciously accepted all of the encouragement and empathy from so many. I have realized that I will not slave over a search for answers, but instead for meaning. I will focus and then cultivate the light from a dark place, the good from the bad, God’s will from my own plans. I can rest assured knowing that River’s assignment on earth was always intended for 1116 days and not only did he live it to the fullest, but he lived it loved by so many, including a mother, father, sister and brother who held nothing back and have no regrets on how much he felt that love. We should all be so blessed to be able to live like Riv.
-Granger P.S.-Thank you for all the love, prayers and support. We feel it!
There has also been a River Smith tribute shirt created that goes to benefit Dell Childrens Medical Center where River was cared for before his passing. T-shirts can be purchased here : https://yeeyeeapparel.com/products/ri…
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