This is so unbelievably sad.
Joey Feek, of the country-bluegrass duo, Joey + Rory, is entering hospice care after ending colorectal cancer treatments in late October.
Joey's husband and songwriting partner, Rory, has been providing updates on the 40-year-old country singer's condition in his blog, where he made the tragic announcement on Monday.
"We prayed. We all prayed," he wrote. "God answered."
"At 4 am on Friday morning we rushed Joey to the hospital in Muncie [Indiana]," Rory continued. "Her pain had become too much to bare. A few hours later the doctors told us that the pain was from the cancer tumors continuing to grow and become inflamed and we need to concentrate now on helping her be comfortable."
"Not the answer we hoped for… but the answer He has given us," he wrote. "After a series of different medications that didn’t seem to touch the pain – heavy doses of morphine brought Joey sweet relief."
As they make Joey comfortable, Rory shared a heartbreaking, sweet photo of the singer with their daughter, Indiana, who turns 21 months old next week, in her arms.
"The last couple of mornings, I’ve brought Indiana up here to spend time with her mama," he wrote. "Both of their eyes light up the moment they see each other. It’s been beautiful."
"They smiled and played and loved each other the way that only mamas and their little ones can. Afterwards, when Indy got sleepy, Joey held her and sang “In The Garden” and other hymns as she softly stroked her silky-blonde hair," said Rory.
Rory continued, "Hospice is arranged and a hospital bed will be delivered later this morning. We’ll have a play area on the carpet nearby – close enough for her to watch Indy play, and for Indy to turn and make sure her mama can see her."
Joey is at peace with where she is and where she’s going. So am I," he concluded the post. "An answer to prayer."
A nationwide prayer vigil was held for Joey before her hospice care. She has a lot of support from her family, fans, and loved ones, as she makes peace during this difficult time.