As expected, Vanessa Bryant is having a very hard time coping with the sudden and tragic deaths of her husband and daughter.
Vanessa took to Instagram on Monday and expressed her pain over losing Kobe and Gianna, but having to remain strong for the rest of her girls as they try and move on from this difficult obstacle in their lives.
“I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone,” she wrote. “I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. 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. I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.”
Her words were followed with a video feature from Slam Magazine about her late husband coaching their daughter Gianna’s team.
Along with Kobe and Gianna Bryant on that helicopter were John and Keri Altobelli along with their 13-year-old daughter, Alyssa; Sarah Chester along with her 13-year-old daughter, Payton; Christina Mauser, who coached Gianna’s team along with Kobe; and Ara Zobayan, the pilot.
The crew was traveling to a basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy.
A public memorial has since been planned on February 24th.