Moments before Granger Smith and his wife lost their 3-year-old son, the family was sharing an idyllic moment in the yard of their Texas home.
Smith and his wife Amber were having fun activities with their daughter London, 7, and sons Lincoln, 5, and River, 3, they said in a video.
"We are going to constantly search for the meaning - not the reason - not going to get caught up in the reason because we will never know, but we will find the good.”
“I just had this through, ‘Soak up this moment because it’s not gonna last forever,” Smith said.
After a few moments, Smith and his wife found themselves doing CPR on their son inside their pool gate. River had fallen into the pool and drowned.
Before the tragic drowning, River and Lincoln were having a water gun fight while Smith and his daughter, London, were doing gymnastics in the yard. River died two days later at the hospital.
In a video, Smith turned emotional as he shared about how he pondered on their daughter’s question about how long River had lived.
“What if you're given a gift of 1,000 days on this earth, and you could live those days barefoot, red hair flying back on your go-kart, on your tractor, full speed ahead?" the singer said.
"If you could do that with your family around you, with no real cares in the world, that's a good thousand days, that’s a good way to live,” he continued. “He lived a good 1,000 days. That’s a huge example for me and how we’re going to look at every single day."
Smith also shared how his family is holding up amidst the pain of losing River.
"We are stronger than ever,'' he said. "We’ve gotten so close. We are going to constantly search for the meaning - not the reason - not going to get caught up in the reason because we will never know, but we will find the good.”
Smith added, "Don’t feel sorry for us. We feel very blessed. We had an incredible boy for three years, and we feel good about that. We are going to live our best life."
Messages of support from fans and fellow celebrities poured in following Smith’s announcement of his son’s death.
Country music singer Dierks Bentley even dedicated part of his presentation at the CMA Fest to his grieving fellow singer.
Before singing his song “I Hold On” on the stage in Nashville, Tennessee, Bentley took a minute to pay tribute to Smith’s son and extended his sympathies to Smith.