Joey Feek
Country singer Joey Feek is under hospice care and is spending her time with her familyYouTube/Vevo

Joey Feek's husband Rory has shared a heartbreaking update about his wife's health by informing fans that the ailing country singer is nearing death. He wrote another emotional blog on 9 January and revealed that he is sitting near the bedside of his 'dying wife'.

Rory revealed that Joey's pain has become unbearable and that the family is preparing to say goodbye to the cancer-stricken singer. "I don't say those words lightly," the 49-year-old country singer wrote on his blogsite. "As a matter-of-fact, I haven't said them at all. But my beautiful bride has said them to me in these couple of days. Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable. The dosage she's needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days."

He further added that it is difficult to say "that she's doing great and is going to beat this thing."

"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."

In 2014, Joey was first diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She underwent intense sessions of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. But a few months after her remission period, the cancer returned in an aggressive form and doctors termed the tumours "inoperable". In November 2015 they stopped treatment and admitted her to hospice care to spend her time with her family.

In his blog, Rory recalled one of their songs When I'm Gone. "Joey and I have asked to have 'When I'm Gone' added to our new 'Hymns That Are Important To Us' album that's coming out in a couple of weeks in Cracker Barrel and most other places all around the country. It's not a classic hymn, but to us it is. 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...Even mine."

"We knew the recording was special and our hope was that the song's message might help someone who is in the midst of losing someone they love or who has already lost someone and are trying to make sense of it all," Rory wrote.

Earlier, the 40-year-old singer wanted to make it through Christmas and New Year to spend some special moments with her 22-year-old daughter Indiana. The ailing singer is currently staying in her family farm house at her home state Indiana.

...our girls drove up here last night to spend more time with their mom and little sister.

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