In the wake of Joey Feek‘s death, the country singer’s loved ones prepared to lay her to rest — but Joey’s spirit will continue to be felt.
The private funeral for Feek — who passed away at 40 on Friday after a long battle with terminal cancer — was set to be held on the Pottsville, Tennessee, farm she shared with her husband, Rory, 50, and their daughter Indiana, 2, per Joey’s dying wish.
Many of Joey’s memories at the home will live on in Joey+Rory’s personal music videos, including the country duo’s clip for “When I’m Gone” — their heartbreaking ballad about a dying wife comforting her husband. “[God] knew I would need her to tell me goodbye, not just once but a thousand times,” Rory wrote of the song in January.
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Now, as Rory faces life without his soulmate by his side, the widower can draw on his bittersweet conversations with Joey for guidance. “She talked to me about how she wants me to continue to tell our story, and other stories,” Rory — who has chronicled his journey with Joey on his blog This Life I Live — shared with PEOPLE in January. “This past spring I co-wrote and directed my first film, and she wants me to go on and continue writing and making more movies.”
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He added: “And she’s also encouraged me to write a book. Joey and I have both experienced the power of living, and telling a great story, so I hope to be able to continue writing and being part of a great story.”