Country music duo Rory Feek and Joey Feek have become beloved not just for their music but for their courage after she was diagnosed with cancer. In his blog, This Life I Live, Rory has chronicled his wife’s journey with terminal cancer, revealing how they maintained their love and faith amid the pain of knowing that her time left was limited. And in a post entitled “One Last Kiss,” Rory reflected on how the woman he loves has chosen to say goodbye.
“One Last Kiss” shares the battle that the Feeks and those close to them have experienced, both the positive and the heartbreaking. The couple has been experiencing the struggle for many months, he shared, hoping and praying while knowing that the final “one last kiss” would come sooner than they ever imagined when they married.
“We’ve been here going through this for months and months now. Though many ups and downs. Nearing the end, doing better, nearing the end again. Hoping. Praying. Believing. But through it all, most of us have known down-deep for awhile now, that the end would eventually come,” he admitted.
Rory emphasized that the couple has not been denying the fact of her terminal cancer, but instead has sought to focus on each moment that they were together. In “One Last Kiss,” the heartbroken husband revealed that although her presence means so much, he’s also aware that living in a hospice bed in pain isn’t the life that his beloved wife would desire.
“You find a way to find the good, even in the dying. You say to yourself…. she’s still here. We’re still together. And it’s still life. Sort of. But not really. This isn’t the kind of life my wife would want to be living. Not if you know her,” added Rory.
Reflecting on what his wife has achieved in his “One Last Kiss” blog, the country singer also revealed the goals that she achieved, including celebrating the second birthday of their daughter Indiana. But, admitted Rory, something about achieving that milestone signaled the end for his wife.
Although his blogs have sought to stay positive, “One Last Kiss” reveals the pain that his wife has experienced, and what caused her to finally feel that it was time to stop her struggle.
“Over the last number of weeks her pain had gotten worse and her health had continued to decline rapidly. And not long after Indy’s birthday my wife decided that ‘enough is enough’. She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so. She said the flowers would soon be blooming back in Tennessee. It’s time to go home.”
And with that decision made, it was time for “one last kiss” for everyone that Joey loved. Her three sisters received one last kiss, and her father and her mother received one last kiss, revealed Rory.
“One Last Kiss” also reveals the tears that were shed as family members said farewell.
“[She] 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,” recalled Rory.
And then came the heartbreak, he added. It was time to bring in baby Indiana. The little girl received her own “one last kiss” as Rory put the 2-year-old on her mother’s lap.
“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.”
What Rory hopes that people will remember about Joey is his message that she lived life “well-loved,” reported CMT.
The country singer also emphasizes that hope in “One Last Kiss,” noting that his wife was deeply loved and lived a full life.
“She’s given all she could give. She’s loved all she could love and lived all she could live,” he added.
On their Facebook page, the link to “One Last Kiss” has garnered thousands of shares.
“‘One last kiss’ – a blog post and video from one man’s extraordinary, ordinary life,” posted the heartbroken husband.
[Image via This Life I Live]