Rory Feek Grieves at Joey Feek's Grave in Heart-Rending Photo

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Rory Feek is seen grieving at the grave of his beloved wife, Joey Feek, in a heart-rending photo shared on his blog, This Life I Live.

Following Joey's funeral on Tuesday, Rory Feek took to his blog to express a wealth of emotions, and to share several photos from the simple, private service that was held on their farm.

"On Tuesday we laid my beautiful wife to rest," the surviving member of the country bluegrass duo Joey + Rory writes. "In a grove of sassafras trees behind our farmhouse, with friends and family gathered around, we said goodbye to the greatest person I have ever known."

"The service started in our barn/concert hall. The last time we were on that stage, was in early October and Joey and I were singing together. But now, a photograph of Joey was in the spotlight...and I was one of many who were there to honor her," he continues.

Rory Feek goes on to mention several close friends and family members who spoke or sang in honor of Joey Feek, and then describes how he felt as his turn to speak arrived.

"When it came my time to speak, I walked up on the stage and stood looking at my wife’s sweet picture...and words were not enough to let her know how much she meant to me--how much she still means to me," Rory writes.

Rory Feek posted a photo on his blog that shows him kissing a photo of his precious Joey.

"And when my time was through and I thought I couldn’t cry anymore tears...they played a video celebrating Joey’s life that our friends Daniel and Gabe made. And my tears were replaced by smiles and laughter and joy and more tears," Rory pens. "It was so beautiful, set to the song “After You’re Gone” by Iris Dement...a song that Joey loved and requested be played at her service."

"Joey’s one hope was that she could “come home” on a beautiful day...and it oh, it was." Rory Feek shares. "The daffodils were blooming, the grass was green and sky was bright blue."

No doubt through many tears, Rory goes on to write about the trip--on foot--from the barn to Joey Feek's gravesite.

The singer/songwriter describes Joey Feek's "simple wooden box," and how it was transported to her grave on an "1800's wagon" pulled by mules, accompanied by "eight angelic voices" singing "Down by the River to Pray" throughout the walk.

Two-year-old Indiana Feek rode to her mother's grave on her daddy's shoulders.

Rory Feek describes the afternoon following Joey's funeral. It was filled with loved ones and memories of Joey Feek. Family and friends gathered near the garden she loved and shared both laughter and tears.

Later, when everyone left, Rory Feek describes how he and little Indy took another walk to Joey Feek's grave. A heart-rending photo shows him solemnly standing over her flower-laden gravesite.

"And when most of the guest had gone and the sun was starting to fade, Indy and I took the short walk together into the back field to see her mama one more time," he writes. "And we stayed awhile and talked with her."

"And then we took a deep breath and did what Joey would want us to do," he adds. "We remembered that she’s still with us. She’ll always be with us. In our hearts."

"Forever," Rory Feek concludes, sharing photos of him with a smiling Indy riding on his shoulders, away from Joey's grave and on to the rest of their lives without her.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.