Morning show host . Though there were some hardships along the way, their 29-year marriage was full of love, making his unexpected death in August 2015 the beginning of a challenging new chapter for Kathie.
In a new video for , the TODAY show co-anchor reveals she's been struggling with being alone since his passing—but that she's relying on her faith and remains hopeful. Despite her loss, she says it's important to remain joyful.
“My biggest struggle at this point of my life is loneliness," she said in the video, which details her testimony as a Christian, her upbringing, and her marriage. "I’ve lost my parents, my husband is gone now, and my children live far away from me. There are times when I am overwhelmed by loneliness.”
Her battle began a little more than two years ago when Frank, 84, passed away from natural causes at home. "On a beautiful Sunday morning, I found my husband [had] passed on to heaven," she said. "I had a peace that passes all understanding. He met Jesus and Jesus took his breath away."
After his death, Kathie and her children have at times felt burdened with sadness, but they choose to be hopeful. “I couldn’t bear to think about, oh, woe is me, I’m a widow," she said. "No. I’m so grateful that Frank is exactly where he is supposed to be."
“I’ve discovered that if I just keep thinking about what I’ve lost, I don’t pay any attention to what I still have," she added. "I don’t want to live my life in hopelessness. I’ve been there.”
And looking ahead, she knows there's still work to do in her life. "Every single day if I wake up and I have a pulse, I have a purpose," she said. "Life does beat you down. Loss beats you down. Hardship takes its toll." And that's where her faith comes in—she knows there's more to accomplish and more happiness to experience.
"My joy is non-negotiable," she said. "I tell you, that's the beginning of bliss in life. I want to be purposeful in my life. I'm also getting to old to waste any of it."