Rory Feek says that his wife Joey is having “serious talks with Jesus” and is “ready to come home to Jesus” whenever he will have her.
The country music duo, Rory+Joey, has been through a lot over the years, but Joey’s battle with cervical cancer has taken center stage in these final months after Joey decided she was ready to enter hospice care in a bid to die peacefully at home with the ones she loved instead of in a hospital. Now Rory is speaking out about the comfort he is finding in an old music video to the song “When I’m Gone” that features Joey singing to Rory who has lost a loved one. The situation is now all-too-real as Rory says he sits beside his “dying wife.”
Joey and Rory Feek have captured the hearts of many with their authentic country music and approachable nature. However, their lives forever changed in June of 2014 when Joey learned that she had cervical cancer. Joey underwent every treatment offered to her but the cancer wouldn’t budge. Therefore, Joey made the heart-breaking decision to come home under hospice care for her final days.
Since her diagnosis, the Feeks have been spending most of their time enjoying the holidays as a family. The ups and downs of Joey’s treatments, hospice care, and now ending have been chronicled in Rory’s blog This Life I Live. In what is possibly one of the most heart-breaking posts to date, Rory discusses the feelings he is having as he sits next to his dying wife who has ever-increasing amounts of morphine pumping through her body to keep her comfortable during her final days.
Rory says that he had one of the most difficult conversations with Joey recently in which she confided she is having “seriously conversations with Jesus.” Rory says that Joey is “ready to come home to Jesus” whenever he is ready to have her and in that moment, Rory says he realized that their music video “When I’m Gone” is coming to life.
“Our ‘make-believe’ song and video seems to be coming true. Some call it ‘life imitating art’. I don’t. I call it God. He knew I would need her to tell me goodbye… not just once, but a thousand times. And I’d need to know that no matter how much time passes, that she loves me still. And He made it so that if I needed to be reminded of her beautiful life and heart and voice… she would only be a ‘click’ away.”
In the heart-breaking video, Joey is singing to Rory as he struggles with the loss of a loved one. At the time of filming the video, Rory had no idea how real the images would become in the coming years. However, Rory says he is incredibly thankful for the video because it will be an ever-present reminder of Joey’s beautiful life and her amazing voice.
He says he could be angry at the irony of the song, but isn’t because it was a beautiful gift from God. He says that he doesn’t know of anyone that has a gift like that after someone they love has passed. Therefore, he is deciding to be thankful for the video and the love that it represents, and says that that song may be the one that heals his broken heart after he loses the woman he loves so much.
“It is a very special song, filled with hope and love. And in time, I believe it will have the power to help heal a million broken hearts…Even mine.”
[Image via This Life I Live]