The couple has been blessed with what Rory describes as “extra time” together after Joey entered hospice care in November, but last month, Rory shared that his wife was nearing her final days.
"I'd like to tell you that she's doing great and is going to beat this thing," he wrote on the couple’s blog. "But I can't. Yesterday with tears in her eyes and mine, Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus. She said she told him that if He's ready to take her… she's ready to come home."
Amidst the grief, however, came a bittersweet surprise: the country duo’s first GRAMMY nomination. Last week, fellow nominee Blake Shelton said that he was rooting for the duo to win Best Country Duo/Group Performance over him. He previously told ET, "The courage that they as a family have displayed -- it's inspirational. It's sad, but it's special at the same time."