During her pre-taped tribute, she reflected on their first date together. She shared, "For Craig's and my first date, he took me to Mt. Sequoia, that lookout point. For a girl, that made me a little nervous at first."
She went on, "He turned and looked at me and said, 'I've come to realize that relationships are the only thing that we take with us to heaven. I love you, Craig Michael Strickland. And I love each of you, as he did.”
Helen also posted a pic of a letter she wrote to Craig, which she put into his jacket pocket before he was buried. In the letter, she wrote, "I love you with all my heart… You were my person and are the love of my earthly life.”
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
After the memorial service took place, Helen took to Instagram to thank fans for their ongoing support following Craig’s death. His body was found a week after he went missing on a duck hunting trip in December.
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 ❤️