Joey Feek Has Only ‘a Few More Days … at the Most’ to Live
Feek entered home hospice care in November, but in the four months since, she has gotten to celebrate so many big milestones and moments: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s; their daughter Indiana’s second birthday; a nomination for Best Country Duo / Group Performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards; an honor from the state of Indiana; incredible chart success with their newest (and final) album, Hymns That Are Important to Us. Unfortunately, Rory Feek shares in a new blog post, it may finally be time for his wife to go.
Rory Feek reveals that Joey Feek “has been asleep for days now, and her body is shutting down quickly. The hospice nurse came again this morning and said Joey will most likely only be with us for a few more days … at the most.”
“Over the last number of weeks, her pain had gotten worse, and her health had continued to decline rapidly,” Rory Feek writes. “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.
“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,” Feek continues. “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.”
While these upcoming days, as with the last few months, will be filled with sadness, in his writing, Rory Feek seems at peace with the imminent death of his bride, whom he says has led “a life well-lived” and “a life well-loved.”
“God only gives each of us a certain amount of time to be on this earth, and every day when we wake up, we get to decide how we are going to spend those precious minutes and hours. There are no do-overs, no second-chances, no next-time-arounds to get it right. Joey knew this, and she has made each and every day count,” Feek notes. “One of the last things Joey said before she drifted into the deep sleep she’s been in for a few days now is, ‘I have no regrets … I can honestly say that I have done everything I wanted to do and lived the life I always wanted to live.'”
He adds, “In the time that God gave her … I believe Joey’s given all she could give. She’s loved all she could love and lived all she could live. And her faith … yes, it’s strong enough to save her. I know she’s done Him and all of us proud … in the time that He gave her.”
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