Kathleen Fucci met, John, her future husband, on a blind date. She was 38-years-old at the time, had never been married, and didn’t have children.
The mutual friend who arranged their date began his description of John by saying, “Um … why don’t you sit down?”
He told Kathleen that John was a widower with three children. His wife, Jeanine, had died from cancer the year before at the age of 34.
Despite the uncertainty Kathleen and John felt going into that first encounter, their relationship blossomed. Kathleen went into her marriage with beautiful intentions. She was determined to be a wonderful wife to John and a great mother to his three children, Christina, Amy, and John. She hoped to be a healing presence in their lives and to help them to feel loved and secure.
There have been a lot of highs and a few lows along that journey, but she’s learned a lot about walking through grief with children who are suffering from incredible loss.
Kathleen is joining us in our studios today to share her story and to offer help and hope to families walking through a deep valley of grief. She’ll also share how she discovered that God’s presence in those moments were often just as much about her heart as it was John’s and the kids’.
Psalm 30:5 tells us, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Kathleen will shine some light on that verse for those who have married into a family where loss is still a deep wound, and the joy hasn’t quite returned.
Kathleen is a conference speaker and the author of an award-winning children’s book.