In 2012, Joey and Rory Feek recorded “When I’m Gone,” a song written about the pain of losing a loved one.
At the time, they hoped the song might help someone else through a time of grief.
When the time came to make a video for “When I’m Gone,” the shoot suddenly became very personal. Instead of simply recording them playing it together, they decided to have Joey sing “When I’m Gone” to her husband as though she was helping him cope with her loss. Now, Rory says, he realizes that the song is becoming a reality for him.
As Today reports, Joey Feek is slowly coming to the end of her battle with stage four cervical cancer. On his blog, her husband Rory writes that Joey’s daily dose of morphine has almost quadrupled in the past few days just to keep her comfortable in the face of her mounting pain.
Though Rory says he wishes he could say that she’s doing fine and can beat cancer, they both know that Joey is dying. What’s left is trying to make peace with that knowledge.
“Yesterday with tears in her eyes and mine, Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus,” Rory wrote. “She said she told him that if He’s ready to take her… she’s ready to come home.”
Rory says he can’t help but think back to the video for “When I’m Gone,” but he’s not angry or upset that his life is now imitating his music. Instead, he sees God at work.
“He knew I would need her to tell me goodbye… not just once, but a thousand times,” wrote Rory. “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.”
Rory says that having his wife’s voice there to comfort him is a gift, and they have asked that the song be added to an upcoming album called “Hymns That Are Important To Us.”
“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,” Rory wrote. “Even mine.”