Granger Smith’s Wife Shares Heartbreaking Update On Life Without River – “Hurting So Bad Inside”

Amber Bartlett et al. posing for a photo

This past weekend, Granger Smith got back out on the road and performed here in Chicago at Country LakeShake Festival.

Prior to his performance on Sunday, the family made a pit stop at the Field Museum, home of “Sue,” the world’s largest and most compete T-Rex ever discovered.

As much as it was a fun experience, and they made the trip to the museum in honor of River, for Granger’s wife Amber, it was a constant reminder that River wasn’t there and how much he would’ve loved to see this dinosaur. She shared this heartbreaking Instagram update about just how hard life without River has truly been.

“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 T-Rex. 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.”

So far, Granger’s Yee Yee Apparel has raised over $164,000 for Dell Children’s Medical Center, the hospital that treated River after the accident. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family.

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock