For the last few months of Joey Feek's life, the Joey + Rory singer's battle with terminal cancer -- most especially her bravery, strength and faith throughout it -- earned her a legion of new fans. Her husband, Rory Feek, was candid in his updates on social media and on his blog, and media outlets across the globe followed their story. Shortly before his wife's death, Rory Feek expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of support and coverage.

"... These are just stories … small vignettes from our lives, just like the ones that you and everyone out there are living every day," Feek explains of his blogging. "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," Feek adds. "No, that is a great thing."

About five months after her terminal cancer diagnosis, Joey Feek died on March 4.

"... Though our hearts are heavy, we all need to do our best to remember that this is not the end," Rory Feek says. "It’s only the beginning."

Country Stars Send Condolences, Prayers Following Joey Feek's Death