Kathie Lee Gifford Remembers Late Husband One Year After His Death

Kathie Lee Gifford Pays Tribute to Late Husband Frank
"The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away."

Kathie Lee Gifford is paying tribute to her late husband, Frank Gifford, a year since his passing, writing an emotional open letter about grief and how she has been coping with his death.

“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 penned in a note shared on Today’s website. “If you thought about it as ‘How am I ever going to get through this year?’ — well, God doesn’t promise you a year. He promises you a day at a time. He broke life into 24-hour-periods because that’s all we can handle. The next day, you reach for your fresh cup of mercy that you need every bit as much as the day before.”

The morning show host then went on to describe the day she found her husband, who passed away from natural causes, dead inside their Connecticut home on August 9, 2015.

“When I found Frank on that beautiful Sunday morning, he was already gone. The look on his face was complete and total wonder,” she remembered. “I felt in that moment he saw Jesus, and Jesus took his breath away. That’s the way I want to go.”

She continued, “He passed away still beautiful and one week shy of 85. He went ready to go to church that day. And you know what, he sure did go to church that day!”

Gifford concluded by stressing the importance of having time to mourn and that “joy can exist in the exact same spot as your grief.” Last year, she returned to work a week after her husband’s passing.

“For other people grieving the loss of a loved one, I would tell them it’s impossible to do it on your own. You need to immerse yourself in the word of God. What I would do is get up in the morning and spend time in prayer,” she advised. “Start really learning as much Scripture as possible so you can quote it without looking it up, so it’s in your DNA. You can call on it when you’re feeling challenged in your faith.”

Gifford married the NFL Hall of Famer in October 1986. They have two children: Cassidy, 23, and Cody, 26.