Granger Smith's Wife Amber Thanks Fans for ‘Prayers and Love’ after 3-Year-Old Son River’s Death

Singer Granger Smith's wife Amber saw something that reminded her of her late son and shared a touching post updating fans on how she's been coping. 

Amber Smith revealed that she sees her son's name everywhere and remembers him continuously through other little boys ever since he passed away three weeks ago. 

River, who was only three, died from a drowning accident that took place at the couple's home. When the family visited a museum on Sunday, Amber again saw something reminiscent of her son. 

She shared a picture of the bones of a T-Rex and revealed the details in her post. "We just happened to be in the same city as the “biiiigggggggest T-Rex” ever found. We had to make a trip to see it in honor of River."

She continued the lengthy post: 

"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."

Amber went on to say that she believes River "is having the best time of his life in Heaven with this [t-rex emoji]." Though it's not been easy, she explained that she wants to keep things normal for her two other children. 

The grieving mother admitted that she is "hurting so bad inside," before adding that "dumb little things don't matter anymore." For her, it's all about her family and faith. 

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We just happened to be in the same city as the “biiiigggggggest T-Rex” ever found. 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 🦖. Getting back on the road and back into daily life without River has not been easy in the slightest. 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. 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. #livelikeriv

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She finished off by saying that "God's got us" then thanked everyone for their prayers and well-wishes. The comment section was littered with more words of support. 

Granger, 39, and his family are in Chicago where he intends to perform at the Country LakeShake music festival. It will be his first performance since his son's tragic death. 

Last week, Granger shared a lengthy post describing how the family was dealing with their loss. "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," he explained.

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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. - Amber and I want you to hear it from us and not just read it, so we made this little video for you to watch. (Link in bio)Thank you for all the love, prayers and support. We feel it!

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The couple's two older children, Lincoln, five, and London, seven, were both outside when it happened. According to a video Granger posted, he was doing gymnastics with London in the yard.

Lincoln and River were having a water gun fight at the time. Mere moments after, River fell into the pool and drowned. Efforts to revive him failed. He died two days later at the Dell Children's Medical Center. 

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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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Soon after, Granger shared the "unthinkable" news with his Instagram followers. He said that the joy his son brought "cannot be expressed and his light will be forever in our hearts."

In the video, Granger implored fans not to feel sorry for the family, but undoubtedly it's a loss that no parent should have to go through. Our hearts go out to the couple as they endure this extremely painful occurrence. 

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