Granger Smith's Wife Amber Shares Throwback Family Photo and Talks about Their Late Son River

Granger Smith's Wife Amber relived a moment from 2017 in a throwback picture she shared with their fans.

On December 6, 2019, Amber shared a photo of their family, including their late son River.

In the caption, she wrote that it was their most loved picture of 2017 and that she agreed it was because of the joy seen in their faces.

Granger Smith and Amber Smith at Dell Children's Medical Center on June 25, 2019 in Austin, Texas | Photo: Getty Images

Granger Smith and Amber Smith at Dell Children's Medical Center on June 25, 2019 in Austin, Texas | Photo: Getty Images

EMOTIONAL MESSAGE TO FANS

Amber also stated that their late son, River, still has that much joy in heaven, but that she misses him in her arms. She continued:

“I know a lot of you are missing someone today, and every day. You are not alone. Give yourself grace today if you are hurting. Allow yourself to miss them. Allow the emotions. Everything you feel is ok. I always tell my kiddos, it’s ok to cry. It’s just love coming out of your eyes. With great love comes great grief. And dang, it’s a great love. I’m so thankful to feel this love.”

The post received more than 37,000 likes in less than two weeks, with fans sharing encouraging words and also sharing their struggles with their own loss.

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Getting used to our new normal is tough. The changing of the seasons, the weather, the wrench in our traditions and plans has been really difficult. I love Halloween. I love dressing up as a whole family, making my husband and kids all wear something so we could be a group costume together. While we can still do that, it doesn’t feel right anymore. So this year, the kids are just being what they want, which I’m realizing is what they should do anyway. Halloween is about them and their creativity, not me and my ideas. We had 3 wonderful years of fun costumes with River. Now he gets to be whatever he wants with Jesus. We can make our own plans all day, but God knows the plans he has for us and sometimes our plans can’t compete with His. Learning to accept change and new direction in life takes submission and trust, so I’m just gonna pray my way through this change and this holiday season. Pray for peace and grace and love and I know He will carry us through. Jeremiah 29:11 Happy Halloween everyone. Can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes! This year I’ve got a unicorn, an astronaut and an angel ❤️🦄🚀 🎃 😇

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RESUMING HIS MUSIC

Granger Smith has resumed his music tour after the tragic loss of his 3-year-old son, River. The boy drowned earlier this summer, as reported by Pop Culture.

He thanked his fans for helping give comfort to the family as they grieve.

The tattoo consists of the name “River” written in large black script across the country musician’s right forearm.

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There are lots of new people to my feed so I thought I would re-introduce myself because I have changed so much in the last 3 and a half months. I’m Amber, wife to @grangersmith. We have 3 beautiful children together. London (7), Lincoln (5) and River (3 who is now in Heaven with Jesus). We live in Texas with our 2 dogs, 1 cat, 6 chickens, lots of bees and now a worm farm. It’s been strange for me to see the followers jump up after the accident, but I’m learning that people want to feel connected to someone else who may be going through a similar life altering event, a struggle, a really hard season, or a trauma. I hope I can lift you all up as you have all lifted me through this process. My loves and priorities have completely shifted. One sure fire way to get your life and priorities in check is to have your heart busted completely open. I now focus only on my family, my wonderful friends and God. That’s about it. I know I’ll maybe someday get back to things I used to enjoy, but for now, it seems those are all insignificant. My focus is on loving myself, others, my family and my walk with God. I have recently gotten back to crafting. Especially now, it helps keep my mind occupied (@galleryelevendesigns). I’ve also started working with a trainer to make my body, mind and spirit stronger. I refuse to let this break me, though the devil tries. I’m still on social media because I feel if I can help one person each day, by making them feel better, by sharing a word of encouragement, or by making them smile in some way, then that makes my heart feel good. It’s also a cathartic release for me to type my feelings. I want to spread joy, love and laughter in this fallen world. I enjoy giving things away and sharing things other people may enjoy. Welcome to little pieces of our world. I’m thankful for all of the kind comments, messages, stories and prayers you all share with me. We rise by lifting others. 💚🎈✝️

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MOVING TO A NEW HOUSE

The family has decided to relocate to a new home, which the couple believed would be better for their daughter London and son Lincoln.

While they loved their old house, the drowning accident changed the way the family felt living there.

Although he felt that he was not totally himself at the old house, the country music star said they would go back and forth because River loved the woods and the fields around their old house.

The singer had debuted a new tattoo in honor of his late son while making his emotional return to the stage at the Country LakeShake music festival in Chicago, following his son’s death, as reported by PEOPLE.

The tattoo consists of the name “River” written in large black script across the country musician’s right forearm.

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Right before we walked on stage tonight, Jonny asked me, “Remember the 1st time I played bass with you? 10 years ago in Webster TX and there were 40 people.” Yep, of course. I remember all the shows. How could I not? I’ve played shows where I broke ribs and punctured my lung, played for important suits in DC and heroes in Iraq. I’ve seen country kids in the mud in Iowa and cowboy hats in Australia. I’ve dislocated shoulders at county fairs and grabbed some forehead stitches in College Station. I’ve played a few times for a lot of people and many times for a few people. I’ve played shows at the greatest times of my life and I’ve played shows after terrible loss, again and again. And that’s my job. But through it all, it’s the people that keep me coming back. If you’ve seen me lately, please let me say thank you for the support. Through it all. Seriously, you’re the fuel to my flame...still. I can feel the love.

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He also penned a thank you note to his fans for standing by him after the loss of his son.

“I’ve played at the greatest times of my life, and I’ve played shows after terrible losses,” he wrote on Instagram. “But that’s my job. But through it all, it’s the people that keep me coming back. If you’ve seen me lately, let me say, thank you for all the support… seriously you’re the fuel to my flame.” 

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