This is just so heartbreaking.
On Tuesday at Craig Strickland's funeral, his widow Helen pulled at everyone's heartstrings by sharing a poignant memory of her first date with the Backroad Anthem frontman.
The musician was memorialized at the Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas just a month after his fatal duck hunting trip. During the intense service, Miz Strickland, Craig's parents, and his sister each took turns paying tribute to the late artist.
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It was obviously a very emotional time, as the former Miss Arkansas pre-recorded her message for the gathered crowd. 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. 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."
What a beautiful memory. Not to mention, Strickland's father shared an equally touching memory of when his son took him on the road to see him open for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Aww!
By the end of the funeral, Helen was given leave to exit first as the gatherers were asked to give the grieving woman privacy during this trying time. Despite her hardship, Helen remembered to thank Craig's fans and loved ones on Instagram (below) for all of their support.
We can only imagine how hard this whole experience has been for Helen. The brunette beauty shared some insight into her struggles when she took to IG to share the sweet note (below) placed in her husband's pocket before his burial.
Our hearts go out to Craig's family and loved ones as they deal with this tragic loss.
[Image via Helen Strickland/Instagram.]
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