“Over the last number of weeks her pain had gotten worse and her health had continued to decline rapidly,” the Joey + Rory artist explained to fans. “And not long after Indy’s birthday my wife decided that ‘enough is enough’. She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so. Joey gathered her family together around her and she said goodbye to each of them… to her mother and father and her three sisters. And then she asked me to bring our baby in. And so… I set our little Indy on Joey’s lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, “…you be a big girl for your papa… and that mama will be watching over you”. And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her. One last kiss.”
Rory went on to say say that his beautiful bride has been asleep “for days now” and her body is “shutting down quickly.”
“The hospice nurse came again this morning and said Joey will most-likely only be with us for a few more days… at the most,” the musician continued.
He went on to reflect on his wife’s amazing life, “In the 40 short years that Joey has lived, my bride has accomplished many great things… she’s lived a very full life. But even more than that, she has loved those around her greatly and been loved greatly in return. I can honestly say that Joey’s isn’t just a life well-lived, it’s a life well-loved.”
“God only gives each of us a certain amount of time to be on this earth and every day when we wake up, we get to decide how we are going to spend those precious minutes and hours,” he continued. “There are no do-overs, no second-chances, no next-time-around’s to get it right. Joey knew this and she has made each and every day count.”
He shared one of the last things Joey said to him before falling asleep. “I have no regrets… I can honestly say, that I have done everything I wanted to do and lived the life I always wanted to live,” she told him. Before ending the emotional post, Rory thanked fans for their support and love.
“And thank you to all who have followed my wife’s beautiful journey. Who are still following. Though our hearts are heavy we all need to do our best to remember that this is not the end. It’s only the beginning. When Joey takes her last breath here… she will take her first breath there. In Heaven.”
Bless them all.