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Rory Feek Talks About How Indiana Is Coping After Joey’s Death

Indy and Joey Feek

Rory Feek says he and his 2-year-old daughter Indiana visit her “mama” daily. The Joey + Rory singer shares that they’ll either walk or ride out to the back field where she rests, and that talk to her about their day. It’s one of the ways they cope, but it’s also part of his longterm plan to keep the late 40-year-old’s memory alive for their only child together.

In a new This Life I Live blog post, Rory reveals that baby Indy hasn’t asked for her mother since she died on March 4. On the surface that’s sad, he admits, but it’s also by design. Joey went out of her way to strengthen the girl’s relationship with her father, at the expense of her own. It’s a strategy they began in November, when it became clear she may not beat cancer.

I still remember the day a few weeks later when I was sitting on the couch near Joey’s bed and Indy was playing on the floor at my feet and Joey looked over at me and said, “she needs you now.” I looked at Joey and saw the look on her face and knew what she meant, and I wanted to cry. But she just smiled and said, “…it’s best this way honey.”

In time Indy wanted to be with her father more than her mother, although both parents spent plenty of time with their child. If they’re lucky, the toddler may retain a few memories of “Mama,” but Rory vows to make sure Indy watches the many videos he’s created and sorts through their many photos.

Easter was Joey’s favorite holiday, so father and daughter’s trip to her resting place was special on Sunday (March 27). Rory shared a couple of photos and talked about how those trips usually go.

“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,” he writes. Indy usually plays in the grass beside her, talking with her hands.

“And for a little bit, we’re a family again. Indy is on Joey’s lap and the world is right.”

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