‘Everything Reminds Me of Him’: Granger Smith’s Wife Amber Posts Heartbreaking Update After Son’s Death

By Tiffany Meier

Country singer Granger Smith’s wife, Amber Smith, shared a heartbreaking post about the grief they are experiencing after their 3-year-old son, River, accidentally drowned last month.

The couple shared the devastating news earlier this month on social media that their son had died in an accidental drowning at their home in Texas.

Smith called the news “unthinkable” while his wife started off her message with “Nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news.”

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I have to deliver unthinkable news. We’ve lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. Following a tragic accident, and despite doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived. Amber and I made the decision to say our last goodbyes and donate his organs so that other children will be given a second chance at life. Our family is devastated and heartbroken, but we take solace in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father. Riv was special. Everyone that met him knew that immediately. The joy he brought to our lives cannot be expressed and his light will be forever in our hearts. If there are words to say more, I cannot find them in this moment. Love the ones close to you. There has never been a more difficult moment for us than this. . . In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name. The doctors, nurses and staff have been incredible.

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The couple shared similar messages on June 6 that “despite doctor’s best efforts, [River] was unable to be revived.”

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Nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news. We’ve lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. Following a tragic accident, and despite doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived. Granger and I made the decision to say our last goodbyes and donate his organs so that other children will be given a second chance at life. Our family is devastated and heartbroken, but we take solace in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father. Riv was special. Everyone that met him knew that immediately. The joy he brought to our lives cannot be expressed and his light will be forever in our hearts. If there are words to say more, we cannot find them in this moment. Love the ones close to you. There has never been a more difficult moment for us than this. . . In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name. The doctors, nurses and staff have been incredible.

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On June 23, Amber Smith shared a long message on Instagram in memory of River after the family visited a museum in Chicago.

“We just happened to be in the same city as the ‘biiiigggggggest T-Rex’ ever found,” she started off the post on Instagram. “We had to make a trip to see it in honor of River. This dinosaur was discovered in FAITH, South Dakota by a woman named Sue. And he died by a River.”

“Open your eyes and you will see signs all around you. We think just maybe, Riv is having the best time of his life in Heaven with this,” she continued.

In a recent YouTube video, the couple opened up about the tragic incident. Granger Smith also announced he was going back on tour with his family as a way for them to get some sort of normalcy back into their lives.

“Getting back on the road and back into daily life without River has not been easy in the slightest,” Amber Smith shared in her latest Instagram post. “Every single thing reminds me of him, and all I can think about is how he would love exploring and seeing all that we are seeing.”

“I see his name everywhere, I see little red-headed toddlers everywhere. I miss his silly personality and his bright light. I see his face in our other kiddos. I have this pit in my stomach constantly, because I’m trying to make life as normal as possible for our other 2 incredible kiddos, London and Lincoln, while hurting so bad inside,” she continued.

She finished her post with the importance of having faith, especially in times of grief.

“I look around at everyone else and wonder if anyone is going through something like we are. Dumb little things don’t matter anymore. My family does. My faith does. We’ve got this, because God’s got us. Thank you all for your continued support, prayers, and love. It really does help us so much,” she wrote.