Rory Feek continues to grieve his wife, Joey, after losing her to cervical cancer back in March. The country artist opens up to CBS Sunday Morning‘s Anthony Mason in a new interview set to air September 4.
The 51-year old singer – who performed with his wife for nearly a decade as country duo Joey + Rory – shared that he can’t yet bring himself to order a headstone for his wife’s grave.
“I don’t know why; I just can’t,” Feek tells Mason during the interview. “I don’t know if it’s that she’s so simple, and a wooden cross is part of what she would like.”
“It probably has something to do with permanence,” he adds. “So, for now, I can sit out here and feel like it’s… it’s maybe just temporary. Although I know it’s not.”
Joey battled cancer for two years before she passed away at the age of 40. The married duo had just released their eighth album, Hymns That Are Important, in February. The album made its debut at the top of country charts.
During this time, Feek was documenting the final months of Joey’s life on his popular blog, This Life I Live. He was preparing to become a single father to the couple’s daughter Indiana – who turned two less than a month before her mother’s passing.
“Indy and I go and visit ‘mama’ every day,” Feek shared on the blog not long after Joey’s death. “We make the walk or ride into the backfield, to the spot where Joey rests and we sit down beside her temporary wooden cross. I talk with my bride about what has happened that day, and what I’m worried or excited about… and I share the latest thing that Indiana is doing.”
Now – five months later – Joey’s loving husband continues to visit his wife. Despite not adding a headstone to her final resting place, he has placed a bench near her grave. “I got a place for my coffee and her’s,” he says in the CBS interview, “and we still have coffee together.”
Feek has kept busy working on a documentary, which chronicles Joey’s battle and the duo’s life together on their Tennessee farm – but he hasn’t ventured back into the music world.
“I don’t want to go on stage without her,” he tells Mason. “That’s what I’m thinking about right now. I just don’t want to make music without her. But I also know time changes things. So I won’t say never. It’s just where I am today.”
Feek’s documentary, To Joey, With Love, will be in theaters for a two-night event on September 20 and October 6. Tune in for his interview on CBS Sunday Morning, airing September 4.