Duggars Schedule Memorial Service For Baby Jubilee Shalom

After suffering the miscarriage of their 20th child, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will be holding a memorial service on Wednesday, December 14, for the baby girl they have named Jubilee Shalom Duggar.

In a routine ultrasound taken of their 20th child last week, the reality TV stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting discovered that their baby no longer had a heartbeat. Advised by her doctor to let the miscarriage occur naturally, Michelle went home and was cared for by her family.

Following the miscarriage late Sunday night (December 11th), Michelle began to feel lightheaded and as a precaution was taken to the hospital, where she was kept for observation, according to a family spokesperson. Michelle is recovering well and expected to return home later on Monday, the spokesperson adds.

Of the sad event, Jim Bob said,

We have had many tears today. This is life, and I understand that we are going though something that many others have. You think about the what-ifs, but God gives us strength to go on. We won’t be able to see this child’s life and the phases that we’ve seen for our other children, but we know we will see this child in heaven one day. We are thankful for each child, and we are blessed to have the children we have here and the ones we will meet someday in heaven.”

Jubilee Duggar’s memorial service will be for friends and Duggar family members, who already held a private service in their home this past weekend.

We would like to thank everyone for their prayers, emails and outpouring of love,” Jim Bob wrote in a letter he shared with People. “As our whole family is grieving, we also know that God promises to work all things for good in our lives. Our prayer is that Jubilee’s passing will help us all realize that this life is short, and our relationship with Jesus is the most important thing. He gives us a peace in our hearts as He guides us through whatever we might face.”

Though the family is in mourning, Jim Bob says they are grateful for the health of youngest daughter, Josie, who turned 2 on December 10. Josie survived against all odds after being born prematurely at just 25 weeks old and 1 lb., 6 oz. Fortunately, she has developed normally with no lasting impairments.

“We were looking forward to this birthday because it is a milestone for her,” he says. “It is wonderful that she is with us and doing so well.”

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  • SMH

    Well not that I think that is the best “J” name they could come up with but I am sure by naming her it gives them some closure. I do wonder if they will highlight any of it on the show. The Duggars tend to show a lot of stuff but I’m not sure they’d be willing to let camera’s in on this part of their grieving.

  • Anna

    They need to accept that her body is finished having babies. Will they keep getting pregnant even if she has 10 miscarriages/premature births and say it’s god’s will?

    I like the name, they should have used it a lot earlier.

    • Anonymous

      By “a lot earlier,” do you mean “on a live baby?” I hope not.

      • Anna

        I meant instead of naming 3 girls very similar names or a a name like Jinger.

    • Anonymous

      No, they don’t need to accept that. They really don’t.

      YOU need to accept that YOUR opinion has no place in THEIR reproductive choices.

      • Grace

        That’s an ironic statement to make considering the Duggars don’t accept that their opinion has no place in other people’s reproductive choices.

        • Anon2

          When did the Duggars try to influence anyone else’s reproductive choices? All I’ve ever heard them say is that this is right for them, but maybe not for other people.

          • Grace

            JimBob was a state representative where he voted against women having reproductive freedom. The Duggars are also heavily involved in the pro-life movement. They don’t believe other people have a right to make their own reproductive choices.

          • anon

            bam! she told you! now what? shut your mouth and let people have their own opinions.

          • notanon

            do people only get to have their own opinion if they agree with you, anon?

  • Anonymous

    I am glad that they do view some things as private events. I wonder what a Kardashian would do in the same circumstance… While I disagree with the Duggers in having so many children, they have been fortunate because the statistics are generally against having this many kids yet no problems. They have been blessed.

  • Grace

    What hypocrites – they ask for privacy and then give interviews to people magazine every five minutes.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe they are polite and just answer questions. I imagine that they are inundated with requests.

      • Anonymous

        If they really wanted privacy they wouldn’t be giving any interviews at all. If they really wanted privacy, they wouldn’t be famous because they would never have gone on TV in the first place. Those of us who truly want privacy in our lives actually practice what we preach – we don’t court attention like these attention whores.

        • Anonymous

          Since they are already in the public eye, I think that it makes sense that they would make whatever statement makes them comfortable, then request privacy for their family to give them time to grieve privately.

          Do you watch TV? Do you read magazines? Do you go to the moves? If so, you are the one supporting all of the “attention whores” who make all of those things.

          • Grace

            Wow, it never ceases to amaze me how some people will defend the Duggars no matter what they do.

            1. It’s hypocritical to give an interview, then request privacy, then give another interview, then request privacy again. If they had released one initial statement and then requested privacy then I wouldn’t think they were being hypocrites. But to bounce back and forth between feeding the public information that puts attention on their personal lives (not to mention makes them money) and then requesting privacy is totally hypocritical.

            2. Not everyone who is on TV is a famewhore, so your argument that it’s our fault makes no sense. Some people who are on TV are doing their job, acting on shows that have nothing to do with their personal life, and then they don’t go home at the end of the day and expose every part of their person lives to the media (including their miscarriages.) It’s possible to watch TV without supporting the Duggars.

            3. It’s pathetic that you think the Duggars are innocent of all wrong doing and the public is to blame. Open your eyes, the Duggars are not perfect.

          • Ryder

            Have you lost your mind? The “Anonymous” poster that you’re referring to never said that ANYONE was doing ANY wrongdoing.

            I don’t think there’s anything wrong with what the Duggars do. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a supporter of theirs. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a critic of theirs. It takes all kinds.

            However, you are absolutely mistaken if you think that it’s not the viewing public’s fault for creating “famewhores”. Without someone watching, tuning in, buying what they’re selling, there would be no “famewhores”. If no one watched this show (or the horrible Bachelor shows or the Kardashians, etc), the show(s) would cease to exist.

          • Grace

            You clearly do think there’s something wrong with people being critical of this family. You’ve been all over the Duggar posts shouting in all caps and insulting everyone who dares to say anything negative about this family and referring to those who agree with you as the only other sensible people on this site.

          • Ryder

            There *IS* something wrong with people being critical of the Duggars…. IN AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE DEATH OF THEIR CHILD. Sorry, I’ll never understand how people can be so thoughtless, cruel and insensitive. If that’s how you live your life, great. More power to you. But as much as you insist everyone has the right to be critical of the Duggars, I have just as much right to be critical of the heartless bunch of wenches that frequent this board.

            And if anyone has been “all over the Duggar posts”, it’s you, honey. In the last three Duggar posts, you have out-posted me BY FAR:

            Ryder 1 Grace 5 <--- This Post Ryder 3 Grace 10 <--- The Post about Michelle resting at home Ryder 4 Grace 9 <--- The first post about the miscarriage

  • Anonymous

    eewww. can we add this to the list of horrible names you posted earlier today?
    It’s nice they’re looking forward to josies 2nd ‘milestone’ birthday. I wonder what they’re hoping for….her to walk, talk maybe? Her milestones will always be behind her peers, all because her parents are selfish and can’t stop having babies.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry to disappoint, but Josie walks and babbles.

      • Jordan

        Only babbling at 2? That’s sad. Keep having disabled babies people, maybe you’ll be lucky and the next one will be autistic…..think of the ratings your show will get.

        • Anonymous

          You’re kind of a jerk. She was born early. Big deal. The woman enjoys having babies. BIG DEAL. they aren’t doing anything to anyone why must they constantly be chastised for living their lives the way they chose to live it ? It doesn’t effect your life so stop reading about it. You’ve made it clear that you don’t like it, move on.

        • Anonymous

          Keep having disabled babies? I can only hope that you’re 12 years old and will outgrow your narrow view of the world and its inhabitants.

    • Rosy

      “Her milestones will always be behind her peers”

      Obviously you don’t know anybody who has had a premature baby who is now an older child, otherwise you’d know that isn’t true. In infancy and toddlerhood maybe, but not as children unless they have disabilities as a result of being prem.

      • anon

        prem? what’s prem? did you computer suddenly turn off as you were typing this comment or are you really THAT lazy that you can’t finish a word?

        • Anonymous

          it’s a sweet breve.

        • Anonymous

          Hmm. Did your caps key turn off? Too lazy to stretch that little finger out at the beginning of your sentences?

          • Anonymous

            Sorry. It’s a sweet breve. Now can you understand the sentence?

      • SMH

        My nephews were micro preemies and one does have cerebral palsy as a result but the other twin you would never know he was 1lb 9oz at birth. He’s actually quite smart and right where he should be for 6.
        It is scary to have a tiny baby bc you never know but this was my sister in laws first and who would of thought she would of had complications that would require an emergency c-section at 26 weeks. Bottom line is you never know.
        From watching the show Josie is tiny but seems overall normal for her age. She walks, says few words, signs and most of all she’s happy. She may always be on the tiny side most preemies are but it’s not necessarily always true.
        I may not agree with the Duggars lifestyle but I’m ot paying thier bills so I don’t care what they do.

    • Anonymous9

      You want to add the name of a dead kid? There’s something wrong with you. Seek help.

      • Anonymous

        They NAMED a dead kid….and picked a horrible name. I think they’re the ones who need help.

        • Anonymous

          They named their CHILD, you ass.

    • Anonymous

      why post something so nasty and so mean….there are plenty of premie babies who’s milestones are behind…and to say selfish…they are parents to the 19 babies they had and to the one that passed away….be respectful or don’t say anything…how do you think parents who have premies feel when reading this.

  • Therese

    Don’t feed the trolls; it only encourages them.

  • Anonymous

    What’s wrong with naming a dead child? I lost my son at 6 months pregnant like her, and I named him Mason because he was a child. He was just too small. It is seriously hurtful to hear people act like a stillborn isn’t the same. Think before you talk.

    • Janna

      I’m so sorry for your loss. That child was yours to name if you saw fit. I hope that people’s insensitivity was not something you had to deal with at the time of your loss.

      Unfortunately, people on these board will berate anyone for anything. Try not to let it get you down.

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