"We are so thankful the Lord blessed us with such a extraordinary pup," Helen Strickland said of Craig's beloved dog Sam

By Char Adams
January 06, 2016 09:25 AM

Craig Strickland’s widow is taking solace in the country singer’s beloved black lab Sam, who was found safe after the fatal hunting trip that claimed the lives of Strickland and his friend.

Helen Strickland uploaded a photo with the dog to Instagram on Tuesday after she took the pup to the visitation service for Chase Morland, Strickland’s friend who also died during the duck hunt.

“We had the opportunity to go to [Morland’s] visitation tonight. He was so loved by so many people,” she wrote. “It was encouraging to be around his wonderful friends and family.

“Sam was also invited He has truly been a comfort to all of us. We are so thankful the Lord blessed us with such a extraordinary pup.”

A funeral service for Morland will be held on Wednesday, PEOPLE confirms.

Craig Strickland and his dog Sam
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Authorities in Oklahoma searched for Strickland and Morland for more than a week after the two went missing while on a duck hunting trip at Kaw Lake in Kay County.

As authorities looked for the pair, Strickland’s family found hope in the black lab after the dog was found safe.

Strickland’s friend and Backroad Anthem bandmate Toby Freeman previously told PEOPLE that the dog being found alive was “a very good sign.”

“That’s a piece of hope that we’re actually clinging on to. Dog being man’s best friend is a saying that’s so common, but it’s actually so true in this case,” he said.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol found Strickland’s body on Monday morning in a thick tree and brush area approximately 75 feet off the shoreline. Morland’s body was found a week earlier in shallow water with Sam safe and sound beside him.

Chase Morland
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In an Instagram post about her husband’s death, Helen revealed that the country singer succumbed to hypothermia and “experienced no pain in his final moments.”

Just days before the pair went missing, Morland posted an ominous tweet that foreshadowed their disappearance.

“In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm,” Morland tweeted.

On Tuesday evening, Backroad Anthem posted a music video to their Facebook page showing Strickland performing with the band.

“Last year we shot a music video for our song, ‘Torn.’ We wanted to finally release the video and share with everyone so you could have a chance to see Craig doing what he loved,” they wrote. “We are so proud of how it turned out, and we know Craig was too.”

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