Kathie Lee Gifford said her faith is what helps her cope with the passing of her husband Frank Gifford.
The 62-year-old television host wrote an open letter on Tuesday describing the recovery process: “I’ve gotten through this past year the way I’ve gotten through every day of my life: faithfully trusting God to do what God does, which is to show up, redeem and restore.”
She also took a moment to look back on the day he died: “When I found Frank on that beautiful Sunday morning, he was already gone. The look on his face was complete and total wonder. I felt in that moment he saw Jesus, and Jesus took his breath away. That’s the way I want to go.”
The beloved sportscaster and former New York Giants running back died of natural causes in his Connecticut home in 2015.
The widow seems quite at ease with her husband’s passing: “Bible verse 2 Corinthians 5:8 says ‘to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.’ How can I be unhappy knowing my husband is in spiritual perfection with his Lord? Even the day Frank passed, we were able to rejoice and thank the Lord and cry tears of joy mixed with tears of sorrow. They were equal because of what we believed.”
For Gifford, the most important thing is cherishing the memories she had with Frank: “We had Frank for a lot of years and we had him in great health and we have many, many memories… If you keep thinking about what you lost, you will fall in despair. Concentrate on what you still have and the memories and the knowledge that you will all be united one day.”
And perhaps the most important message in her letter: “I am not saying it’s easy… I am saying it’s possible.”