With the power of social media these days, it’s easy to keep track of family and friends, click “like” on a viral video, share important news of the day and even keep tabs on your favorite celebrity or sports team.
So for many, especially me, it was hard not to notice or follow the hospice journey of country singer, Joey Feek. Joey was on hospice care for almost four months until she died from her battle with cervical cancer early this month. Her family, friends and fans celebrated her life last week. She was 40 years old.
Weekly blogs, written by her husband, Rory, and frequent Facebook and Twitter posts gave fans, as well as family and friends, updates and a glimpse into more moments being made while on hospice. Raw moments. Happy moments. Heartbreaking moments. Real moments.
“Sometimes I think the Internet is a big, scary place … But I don’t think that way anymore. I think the Internet is also a place where people can come together and share their hopes and their fears.” Rory Lee Feek
The blog, “This Life I Live,” invites us to read and experience pictures and videos of Joey playing and teaching her daughter sign language, enjoying her daughter’s second birthday, making dinner from her hospice bed, and even seeing a Grammy nomination. Their stories struck a chord. Support from thousands of people poured in for the family through social media prompting genuine conversations about end of life.
Not only was Joey experiencing these milestones and personal goals − we were, too. Social media is an outlet that helped Rory share his thoughts and Joey’s memories with the world. It’s proof that hospice means more living – a message that through this family’s openness to share their very personal journey has now reached many, many more people.