On Wednesday, 37-year-old Vanessa changed her Instagram profile picture to a touching photo of Kobe and Gianna embracing. In the photo, Kobe looks down lovingly at his second eldest child as she reaches her arms up to him.
Vanessa -- who would have celebrated 19 years of marriage with Kobe this April -- had her Instagram private before Kobe and Gianna's deaths, though she has now made it public again. Her comments have been turned off.
Vanessa last posted on the platform over the weekend before the accident a picture of her and Kobe's 3-year-old daughter, Bianka.
On Wednesday, a source who is close with the Bryant family told ET that Vanessa is trying to be strong amid the unimaginable tragedy for the sake of her three daughters.
"Vanessa is completely shocked and heartbroken but is trying to stay as strong as she can in front of her children," the source said. "Vanessa married Kobe when she was 18 and never expected to live her life without him, and that is going to take time."
"She has been surrounded by her family and friends but she feels almost numb to everything," the source continued. "She is thankful for the outpouring of love she and her family have received and will respond when she’s ready. Right now she’s taking time to be with her girls."