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Craig Strickland Laid to Rest in Arkansas

Thank you to everyone who watched the memorial service, either physically present or via webcast, tonight. I wish I could thank and hug each of you individually. But for now, all I can do is say thank you and I love you. Because of your love and prayers I know I can get through this. Thank you for loving my husband. He cared so much about all of you. Thank you CrossChurch Staff and Sisco funeral home for the countless hours you put into this service. You paid attention to every detail which allowed our family to not worry about a thing. Thank you to Shiloh Christian School for serving our family and providing food for so many people. Thank you to everyone who sent donations and flowers. Our family feels so loved and blessed. @barrettbaber thank you for the wonderful performance you shared. It was so special. @awmen @nickfloyd8 @davidmckinneyjr and @backroadanthem for putting together the most perfect service to honor Craig. It truly touched so many people. I am already hearing stories of saved lives. I love you Craig Michael, I'm thankful you're with our Heavenly Father and everything is complete. I will do everything I can to carry on your legacy of establishing relationships and loving people. "I have come to realize that relationships are the the only thing we can take with us to heaven." – Craig Strickland ❤️

A photo posted by Helen Wisner Strickland (@helenelizabethstrickland) on

Craig Strickland, the 29-year-old singer of Backroad Anthem, was laid to rest on Tuesday (Jan. 12) following a live webcast of his memorial service at Cross Church, in Rogers, Ark. Strickland’s wife, Helen, shared her appreciation of fans for their support during this difficult time, as well as the love she had for her husband in several Instagram posts throughout the day.

“Today I buried my husband,” she writes. “This is a picture of the letter I put in his jacket pocket.”

In the letter, Helen expresses her love for her late husband and her acceptance that she will see him again. “I love you with all my heart,” she says. “I will miss doing life with you on this earth. You were my person and are the love of my earthly life. Thank you for sharing the last few years you had with me. I know you are in better hands than mine. The Lord is taking care of you, and loves you more than I could ever imagine. I can’t wait to see you again in heaven. I love you … I can’t say that enough. I will see you soon.”

She then thanked fans for their support in another photo of the memorial service, adding, “I will do everything I can to carry on your legacy of establishing relationships and loving people.”

Strickland was found dead in Kaw Lake in Oklahoma on Jan. 4 after he and friend Chase Morland went missing during a duck hunt on Dec. 27. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials confirmed that Strickland’s body was discovered north of where his boat capsized, a result of Winter Storm Goliath.

Today I buried my husband. This is a picture of the letter I put in his jacket pocket. I love him with every part of my heart, but I love our God more…and I know my God loves Craig and I more than we could ever imagine. Therefore, God has a purpose. He makes everything beautiful in its time. Craig established relationships with each of us so that he could see us again. So let us love one another like Craig did. Let us pray for strangers. And let us establish relationships with one another with the goal of establishing Christ-like relationships so that we can see each other again in heaven. ❤️ "For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest… A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance… A time to search and a time to quit searching." Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4, 6

A photo posted by Helen Wisner Strickland (@helenelizabethstrickland) on

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