Kellie Pickler at Franklin First UMC in Franklin, Tenn., months after her late husband Kyle Jacobs died on Monday were honored in a private ceremony.
Jacobs died by suicide in February at the age of 49. The country singer reportedly did not attend the funeral.
“While this celebration is long overdue, it is important for us, his parents, to cope with the shock of his passing and try to adjust to this life without our beloved son. Therefore, Kyle’s celebration of life is a thoughtful one and thoroughly created and presented to best honor the way Kyle lived his life,” his family wrote in a press release.
“Kyle was a man who loved life! He loved his family and his friends, and he showed his love with sincerity and brought joy to countless people he didn’t even know. We continue to be reminded of him every day,” the statement continued. “He was known for his authenticity, humble spirit and ability to touch the lives of others in an instant.”
Jacobs was remembered at the memorial service through stories told by his loved ones. The band also performed his song “You Are with Me.”
In February, Pickler and her personal assistant couldn’t open the door to a room in their home, so they called authorities. When police arrived at Jacobs’ Nashville residence on February 17, they discovered Jacobs’ body.
His toxicology report showed there were no drugs in his system at the time. However, he did have a history of “pseudo-epilepsy, gastrointestinal bleeding, elevated liver enzymes and chronic alcohol abuse.”
Pickler broke her silence six months after her husband’s death.
“One of the most beautiful lessons my husband taught me is that in times of crisis, if you don’t know what to do, ‘Do nothing, be quiet.’ I chose to listen to his advice,” she told People in August .
“Thank you to my family, friends and supporters for the countless letters, calls and messages you have sent me. It has truly touched my soul and helped me through some of the darkest times of my life. As has so many of you As I was told, you are all in my prayers,” she continued. “Love and blessings, Kelly.”
The couple married in 2010 after dating for two years.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can get free and confidential crisis counseling by calling 1-888-NYC-WELL. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988 or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.