Tragically, Rory Feek of the famous country duo Joey + Rory shared heartbreaking news about his wife Joey, who is quickly dying of cancer.
Today, Rory noted that Joey has said her last goodbyes to the family, and is now in a deep sleep. Lying in a hospice bed, she has had her eyes closed for several days.
She gave one last kiss to her two year-old daughter before falling asleep, and told her, “You be a big girl for your papa… and… mama will be watching over you.”
Then she kissed her child Indiana, who suffers from Down syndrome. Joey, who is now 40 years old, will only live a few more days:
It is difficult for me to write this, partly because it seems like everything I write these days ends up as some tragic news story about my wife and her ‘last days’ and the ‘shocking’ new development that has just been shared. I want to apologize for any sensational headlines that this or any post has created. That has not been my intention. These are just stories… small vignettes from our lives, just like the ones that you and everyone out there are living every day.
That being said, I am thankful. So very thankful – that our story has been shared and shared and shared. Thankful that because it’s being picked up and shared by dozens of news organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals on Facebook and elsewhere, somehow my wife’s life and ultimately her death, might possibly help or encourage someone else somewhere. That this life she’s living might impact the life of someone that she and I will never meet, and never see, at least this side of heaven. That is a good thing. No, that is a great thing. Thank you.
That’s when the last kiss happened. How tragic:
Joey gathered her family together around her and she said goodbye to each of them… to her mother and father and her three sisters. There were lots of tears as she explained to each one how much she loved them and that she was going to be going home soon. That her time here was done and she was going to go to sleep soon. And then she asked me to bring our baby in. And so… I set our little Indy on Joey’s lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, “…you be a big girl for your papa… and that mama will be watching over you”. And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her.
One last kiss.
This is a good reminder of what’s truly important in life, and to always live without regrets.
Joey + Rory were nominated for a Grammy earlier this year, and are famous for many songs, including “Cheater, Cheater” and “This Song’s for You” with the Zac Brown Band.
This talented duo deserved a long career, and it has been cut short by the horrors of cancer. Now, Joey is in God’s hands and is going to a better place.
Let us pray for Joey and her family now. They need our prayers today, more than ever! May God Bless them.