It's been two weeks since country singer Granger Smith and his family lost their three-year-old son in a tragic drowning accident. In a touching new video, Granger and his wife Amber Bartlett thanked their fans for the love and support they receive and shared more details about the death of River Kelly and his heartbreaking final moments. And yet the message of the video is both positive and uplifting and springs from a place of such darkness.
The couple was often in tears when talking about the loss of their youngest child and remembering the details of his last moments, and how the family gathered in the following days and weeks to try and understand the significance of this loss out.
Granger remembered that night and spent her with River and his seven older siblings London and five-year-old Lincoln. "We did gymnastics in the yard and the boys played a water gun fight," Granger said in the video. "I remember thinking that I was looking to London when she did gymnastics and thought: 'Pick up this moment because it does not last forever."
But these forward-looking words do not even track the singer as he said that "somewhere between 30 seconds and three minutes Amber and I do CPR on our son in our pool gate." They could not revive their son, who died two days later in a hospital.
But this last thought has arrived more positively and upliftingly, and it is a message of love and presence that the family wants to share. "I think the platform we stand for right now is love that is close to you, that absorbs moments, lives for today, lives in the present because we are not guaranteed tomorrow," he said.
And as for River, Instead of complaining about the time they will not have with him, Granger and his family have decided to cherish each day they had. When his daughter asked how long River lived, Granger told him it was just over a thousand days.
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The family continues to rely on their faith during this difficult time, believing that this may have been God's plan all along. "We believe that God gave us three years of flow and that was his mission, I do not think God takes anyone too soon," Granger said.
"I'm not going to play around in my head that there's this fictional timeline where River graduates from college or high school or plays football because I think he was put on Earth just that long." 19659003] And they've made sure that River's death also means something to the church around him. He was an organ donor after his death and raised more than $ 100,000 for the hospital, which treated him by selling a T-shirt made in honor of his son.
"We've come so close and are constantly looking for the meaning behind all this," Granger said of his family. "Not the reason – we will not be involved in the cause because we'll never know – but we'll find the good."
"We are not sorry because we feel very blessed that we had an incredible little boy for three years," Granger said. The couple closed their message with the video homage they played at Rivers funeral and told their fans not to say, but to smile when they think of him. "Live like Riv," said the parents.
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