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Candy Lynn Fuzzell was born March 27th in Kennett, Missouri and passed away on May 6, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. She leaves behind many loved ones including her sister Terry Colburn, her biological son and daughter-in-law Christopher and Jennifer Warrington, her stepson and daughter-in-law Wayne Warrington and Kacie Kliebert, and her many grandchildren, nieces and nephew, brothers-in-law and other family/loved ones.
Her memorial service is to take place at Scottsdale Bible Church, Cactus Campus on June 24, 2023, at 9:30am with a celebration of life reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you consider donating to The Christian Chain marked "In Memory of Candy Fuzzell", for the funds to be used toward a ministry project close to her heart. For more information on how to donate, please reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candy was a devoted and loyal mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She prided herself on giving the perfect gift to make a person smile. She was always willing to pray for others and was devout in her faith. In memory of her, and to honor what she believed in, her son (Christopher) compiled many of her notes and sayings into a final letter that he believes would have been what she would have penned if she had written one before her passing.
To My Loved Ones
This letter is comprised of things that I wrote down to remember, sayings for life and how to live. I hope that you will hear my heart through the words and remember how they were reflected in my life. If there is one thing, I hope that you have seen through my actions and have learned by my life, it would be this: Know the saving love of Christ and let that love shine through your smile. For specific areas in life, I have a few more things I'd like to pass along.
Toward Faith: Trust in Christ.
Please, please, please dear ones hear this with all my love. We need to live in faith from Christ and in the hope that it gives and let the love that comes out of that be genuine; for the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13). If you do not know that love of God, please find it so that we can see each other again. If you do know that love, remember that reading the Bible and knowing God's word is important, but there always comes a time when we need to close the Bible, get up and do what it says. We also need to remember that it often seems more difficult to trust God than to obey Him. But we should look through adversity with the eyes of faith. God is there to give strength to help you slow down, identify what is going on and proceed forth.
Toward Others: Show Kindness Always.
Other words for Kindness? Gentleness, Tenderness, Sensitivity, Helpfulness, speaking truth but said in love, and a Willingness to Act. Kindness thinks ahead and then takes the next move. I had a poem in my kitchen cabinet through many homes. I tried to live these words in my actions: "I shall pass through this world but once, any good thing, therefore, that I can do, any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now, For I shall not pass this way again.” So, I hope that you will also do for others and have them on your heart, praying for them often. For "Life is not about getting and having. It is about giving and being." ~ Kevin Kruse
Toward Life: Be Resilient.
Resilient people know that tough times will happen, and they are good at choosing carefully where to put their attention. Know that the ugly happens but look for the good. That is what being grateful is. Looking for good while amidst the bad. Last few years have been difficult, one health or financial challenge after another. Sister passing. Feeling loneliness and isolation. I asked often: "What is God trying to teach me?" We want to hope that God will soothe all of our woes, but He allows for some adversity to help us grow, to test us in our faith and to make us stronger. How helpful could we be to others if our lives were always perfect? Do not boast about tomorrow. It is unknown to us. Carry on with faith, hope and love today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Fretting about tomorrow will only add to the feeling of adversity. Be resilient and know that "Sometimes God will put a Goliath in your life, for you to find the David within." ~ Author unknown
Toward Grief: Feel It, but Don't Remain There.
Go through grief. Push away disbelief at what happened, for grief is a part of life, it must happen. And remember that everyone goes through grief, so you are not alone in this. And if you grieve for my passing remember: My body may be gone, but my love remains, In memories and stories, in laughter and pains. So please don't mourn for me, my dears, Instead, celebrate the love we shared through the years. I have gone now to my Savior’s embrace, and I hope to have heard the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” So, let me close my final letter with this. Trust God, Show Kindness, Be Resilient and Don't Remain in Grief. Life should be enjoyed but it is only the pre-party. I await our reunion in heaven.