In the midst of his enormous grief, Rory Feek wrote a beautiful blog post about his beloved Joey, entitled ‘A Dream Come True.’ He revealed Rory’s courage to the end of her battle against cervical cancer, saying, ‘My wife’s greatest dream came true, she’s in heaven.’ Read the rest here.
Joey Feek‘s death on March 4 was shocking and tragic for her fans, but their devastation is nothing compared to the anguish husband Rory Feek, 49, now feels. After losing his wife of 13 years, and the mother of his 2-year-old daughter Indiana, he’s feeling a pain that nobody should ever experience. Through his tears, Rory let the world know how much Joey meant to him by posting a very emotional blog entry. “The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry,” he began. Read his full, heartbreaking blog entry after the jump.
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In a blog post, titled “A Dream Come True,” Rory wrote:
My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven.
The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior.
At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side.
As I held her hand and kissed her goodbye one last time… I was reminded of another dream of hers that came true. A few months ago through gracious help of Kathy Olen, a friend of ours in Nashville, and many others… I had been sent a short video that Dolly Parton had made for Joey.
From the time she was four years old, Joey had been singing Dolly’s songs and dreamed of one day meeting her. Coat of Many Colors was a regular part of our show and at home she loved to put on Dolly and listen to “Hello God”, “When I Sing For Him”, “Me and Little Andy” and many others. She never got the chance to meet her in person and had no idea that Dolly even knew who she was. But that changed one Friday evening this past November.
Joey’s family, Russdriver and I gathered around Joey’s bedside to watch the movie “Hope Floats” (one of the few movies Joey knew and loved) with her. But instead of pushing play on the DVD, I pushed play on the video I had received… and we all watched Joey watch. It was the most beautiful moment I have ever been part of…Though this is, and has been, a time of many tears of sorrow, it has also been a time of countless tears of joy. There have been too many beautiful moments to count or even begin to share in this blog. But I try.
When a person has been through as much pain and struggle as Joey’s been through, you just want it to be over. You want them to not have to hurt anymore, more that you want them to stay with you. And so, it makes the hard job of saying goodbye just a little easier.
After four-and-a-half months in Indiana, we will soon be back home in Tennessee. Me, and our little one, with our older daughters. It’s hard for me to imagine being there without Joey, but at the same time… it is where she wants us to be. It’s where she will be… She’s gonna be in the mint growing beside our back deck, the sweet-corn frozen in our freezer and a million other places that her hand and heart has touched around our little farmhouse and community. Joey will still be with us. Everywhere.
So if it’s okay, I’m gonna close, wipe my tears and pack our bags to hit the road headed south.
She’s already got a head-start on me.
Blake Shelton and other celebs also reacted online to Joey’s unfortunate passing.
Rory revealed in an interview on January 18 that Joey may only have had a month left to live, a candid and heartbreaking confession that left tears in our eyes. Rory has been painstakingly journaling their experiences throughout Joey’s illness on their band’s blog, so it wasn’t surprising to see him open up about this difficult topic. He approached it gently, but honestly.
“Our greatest hope is that we live each day on this earth like it could be our last day to be together,” Rory previously told TODAY.com about Joey’s battle with stage four cervical cancer. “Not just because it actually could be our last day … but because life is so short for all of us.” He hoped that they could watch the Grammy awards together since they’re nominated, but “God only knows where we will be in a month.”
Rory’s incredible love for his wife has never been more apparent than in his posthumous tribute. And that’s saying something; throughout her cancer battle, he was nothing but enamored with his wife, shown in his frequent blog posts and photos. “I can tell you though … win or lose, together or separated by fate … Joey will be be right beside me then, and every moment before and after that day. If not in person, then in my heart. Always.”
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with Rory and all his and Joey’s loved ones during this difficult time.