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'One last kiss': Joey Feek says goodbye to little girl, drifts into 'deep sleep'

Joey Feek has said goodbye to her loved ones.

After living to see her daughter’s second birthday a few weeks ago, she’s now “ready to stop fighting," according to the husband of the terminally ill country singer.

“My wife has been asleep for days now and her body is shutting down quickly,” Rory Feek wrote Monday on his blog, This Life I Live. “The hospice nurse came again this morning and said Joey will most-likely only be with us for a few more days… at the most.”

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Joey Feek gives "one last kiss" to her daughter, Indiana.

Joey Feek, 40, has been battling cervical cancer, for which she abandoned treatment last fall. She and her husband moved from their Tennessee farm house to her hometown in Indiana, where she has been receiving hospice care.

The couple celebrated the second birthday of their daughter, Indiana, last month, just as Joey’s condition started to worsen.

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"Over the last number of weeks her pain had gotten worse and her health had continued to decline rapidly. And not long after Indy's birthday my wife decided that 'enough is enough,’” Rory said. “She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so. She said the flowers would soon be blooming back in Tennessee. It's time to go home."

The country singer gathered her parents and three sisters to say farewell and then asked to see her daughter.

“I set our little Indy on Joey’s lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, ‘…you be a big girl for your papa… and that mama will be watching over you.’ And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her,” he wrote in the post that he titled, “One Last Kiss.”

Joey then "drifted into the deep sleep she's been in for a few days now."

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Rory has chronicled his wife's battle with cancer through a series of blog and social media posts that has attracted supporters beyond fans of the couple's musical duo, Joey + Rory. The widespread attention has left Rory with mixed feelings.

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"Sometimes I feel like the boy who cried wolf," he explained. "We’ve been here going through this for months and months now.Though many ups and downs. Nearing the end, doing better, nearing the end again. Hoping. Praying. Believing. But through it all, most of us have known down-deep for awhile now, that the end would eventually come."

Rory said he reminisced the night before writing his most recent blog post by going through old pictures and reliving the memories they brought back.

"I believe Joey’s given all she could give. She’s loved all she could love and lived all she could live," he wrote.

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