Country music singer Joey Feek, 40, is planning her own funeral after she decided to return home to Tennessee under hospice care following a battle with cervical cancer. Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer just three months after giving birth to her daughter Indiana. Joey says she did all in her power to beat the cancer, but that God had other plans for the mother and country music star. Now Joey says she is “at peace” with her death and that she prays that one morning she just won’t wake up. Meanwhile, she is back at home and spending her remaining days with her husband Rory and daughters.
The Daily Mail reports that Joey Feek has come to terms with her impending death and is even making her own funeral plans. The country music sensation says that her Christian faith is getting her through these difficult times as she knows that she will soon be with God in heaven. She goes so far as to say that she is still on speaking terms with God and has talked with him numerous times about her death. She says that these talks have brought her peace. She also says she believes in the healing power of prayer despite knowing that the prayers will not heal her in her current state. She says that though physical healing has not taken place, emotional healing has and that she has to stop singing here on earth because”God needs me singing up there.”
“I thought I did everything. But God decided for me that my job of singing for people down here is my legacy, and he needs me singing up there. That’s how I look at it.”
Rory Feek, Joey’s husband, says that he is also at peace with his wife’s condition and is doing his best to ensure Joey’s wishes are fulfilled when she passes. Joey is busy planning her own funeral, telling Rory the type of casket she would like and the location of her burial. She will reportedly be buried in a family cemetery at the ranch she and Rory own in Pottsville, Tennessee. Joey also told Rory that she would like to be buried in a “rough-cut” wooden box made from wood from their family farm that has a wooden cross on the front. She told Rory to pick “a good spot” in the family cemetery with enough room for him to one day be placed next to her.
“Find a good spot in the family cemetery in the field behind our house, where we put your mama’s ashes last year… with room enough beside my headstone for you to join me someday… in God’s time.”
According to the Tennessean, a wooden box arrived on their tour box along with some friends who wished to say their goodbyes. The doctors initially told Rory and Joey that the mother had about nine months left to live. However, Joey is allegedly incredibly frail and is in severe pain. She is requiring morphine to get by and her status may be more dire than originally anticipated. Therefore, doctors have urged loved ones to say their goodbyes now.
With time running short, Joey asked Rory if it would be okay if they spent their remaining days together in her hometown in Indiana instead of at their ranch in Tennessee. Rory said that he would do whatever Joey wanted and the pair went to stay with Joey’s family in Indiana. Meanwhile, Joey says that she is still doing all that she can, taking homeopathic remedies, organic stuff and all natural cures. She says that it “won’t hurt” and she is going to try everything. However, she says that she is at peace with God and that she hopes that one morning she simply doesn’t wake up.
“I pray that one morning I just don’t wake up. But I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God and we’ve talked about it so many times. I know he’s close. And I know he loves me. I’m really at peace. I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”
[Image via Instagram]