Vanessa Bryant is sharing her grief with the world, after experiencing something most of the world can't imagine. Bryant lost both her husband Kobe and 13-year-old daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash on January 26th, and she says she's still struggling to accept that they were both taken too soon.

Bryant bared her feeling in an extremely emotional Instagram post, saying, "My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. 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."


It's gut-wrenching just to read, and simply unimaginable to live through. It's even more heartbreaking to realize that in the depths of her pain, Bryant has three other daughters to care for—17-year-old Natalia, 3-year-old Bianka, and 7-month-old Capri.

The agonizing post continued, "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."

Bryant said she'd been reluctant to write about her feelings, but decided to do so in case it could help someone else dealing with loss. She ended with a request for prayers, saying, "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."

So many people are thinking of Vanessa and her daughters right now. There has been so much grief for the Bryant family online, and research suggests that mourning online can have a positive impact on those impacted by a tragedy, but research also suggests that media coverage attention can trigger people who have experienced similar tragedies. If you find yourself fixating on coverage of the Bryant family in an unhealthy way, please talk to someone.

The death of the basketball legend and his teen daughter shocked the world and on Friday they were laid to rest during a private funeral. The two will be honored publicly later this month at a special memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Kobe spent years playing with the Lakers. Vanessa Bryant shared the significance of the event's date, 2-24-20, explaining that her daughter wore number 2, her husband wore number 24, and the couple had been together for 20 years.

Our hearts are with Vanessa and anyone who sees their own grief reflected in hers.

In just over three weeks, we will become parents. From then on, our hearts will live outside of our bodies. We will finally understand what everyone tells you about bringing a child into the world.

Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.

Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.


I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.

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As mamas we want our babies to be safe, and that's what makes what happened to Glee actress Naya Rivera and her 4-year-old son Josey so heartbreaking.

On July 13, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department announced the 33-year-old mother's body was found at Lake Piru, five days after her son was found floating alone on a rented boat. According to Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub, Rivera's last action was to save her son.

"We know from speaking with her son that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point in her journey. It was at that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind. He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water," Ayub explained, adding that Rivera's son was wearing his life vest, but the adult life vest was left on the unanchored boat.


Ayub says exactly what caused the drowning is still speculation but investigators believe the boat started drifting and that Rivera "mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat but not enough to save herself."

Our hearts are breaking for Josey and his dad right now. So much is unknown about what happened on Lake Piru but one thing is crystal clear: Naya Rivera has always loved her son with all her heart.

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