Joey Feek’s Daughter Understands Something About Her Mother’s Death That No Other Kid Knows
It has just been a few weeks since country star Joey Feek lost her battle with cervical cancer. Her family is still mourning the loss of their beloved mother and wife. However, one family member in particular, has taken the loss in a very special way.
As Rory Feek explains, Easter was Joey’s favorite time of the year because it celebrates the day that her Savior rose from the dead and how a new hope was given to the world.
“What it would mean to her to share Easter this year with our two-year-old,” he wrote. “It would be so, so special.”
“Indy has not asked for her mama. Not one single time since Joey’s been gone,” he shared. “It’s almost as if she hasn’t noticed that she’s not here. And that is so sad… and oh, so wonderful – all at the same time.”
Rory and his daughter have visited Feek’s grave every day since her passing. In his blog, This Life I Live, Rory tells of the one last selfless act Joey did for her family before passing away:
She loved her mama so much and all she wanted was to be with her, beside her or in-sight of her. But in early November, when Joey started to realize that there was a good chance that she might not beat her battle with cancer, she made a decision…”he must become greater and I must become less.”
And she started going against everything in her being that told her “time was short” so hold her baby even tighter… and longer… and more… and instead – she handed the baby to me, and sat alone in a bed and watched and listened as my relationship with Indy grew…and hers lessoned.
I still remember the day a few weeks later when I was sitting on the couch near Joey’s bed and Indy was playing on the floor at my feet and Joey looked over at me and said, “she needs you now…”. I looked at Joey and saw the look on her face and knew what she meant, and I wanted to cry. But she just smiled and said, “…it’s best this way honey”.
Who does that? Who has that kind of strength and character? Not me, that’s for sure. I would’ve taken the low, easy road… the one that served me more. I would’ve tried to make the ties with our baby stronger and her love for me deeper so that she wouldn’t forget me… and in the end, probably left our baby wrecked with grief over the loss of the one person she loved and needed most. But not Joey. She let Indy fall more in love with me…and less in love with her. She carried the pain on her own shoulders, to try to keep it off of mine. And even more so, off of Indy’s.
Don’t get me wrong, there were still lots of times in those last few months that I put Indy in her mama’s lap and they spent time together, loving and enjoying each other. But it was never the same. Indiana loved her mama… but she wanted me. She needed me.
Thank you Joey.
Article: This Life I Live