Struggling to accept’ they are gone forever: Vanessa

Vanessa Bryant announced last week that a “celebration of life” memorial will be held Feb. 24 at Staples Center to honor her husband and daughter

New York: Vanessa Bryant said that she had been “reluctant” to put her feelings into words. “My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone,” she said, using a nickname for her daughter. “I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me.”

Bryant said she felt anger at losing both her husband and daughter and has to remind herself to be strong for the couple’s three surviving daughters. “God I wish they were here & this nightmare would be over,” she said. “Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.”