In a revealing new interview, Rory Feek discusses the precious moments that have grown from his family’s grief during his wife’s final days.
“As Joey has had to learn to come to terms with what is happening to her body and what the future holds, it’s been important to her to share some things that she wants me and our girls to remember after she’s gone,” Rory explained to People.
Since being told by doctors that her cervical cancer was no longer treatable, Joey Feek has entered hospice care in her family’s Indiana home. As she copes with her terminal condition, her friends and family have surrounded her with an endless amount of love and support.
“More than once, I have found myself beside her bed taking notes as she shares things like when the best time to plant the garden will be this spring, how to prune the fruit trees and to make sure we still set aside a percentage of what we make as a tithe each month,” says Rory.
Feek says their family has been heavily relying on the unrelenting support of Joey’s step-daughters, Heidi and Hopie.
“Though Joey didn’t come into their lives until they were teenagers, my girls love her as their mother and she loves them as her own,” Rory explained. “They also love their baby sister so much, and they hurt for her and all that Joey is going to miss as she grows up. They have made many trips here from home in Tennessee just to be close to us, spend time with Indy and love on Joey.”
Although Joey’s future is uncertain, Rory says that their family is doing their best to enjoy every second they have left.
“We are surrounded by Joey’s family here in Indiana and life is a revolving door of sisters, parents and nieces and nephews – all pouring love and time into Joey and our little family,” he says. “Though the situation and conditions that brought us here are very difficult, it has been a really beautiful time for Joey and all of us. Not hardly an hour of the day goes by without someone telling someone else that they love them. It’s hard to ask for more than that.”