Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' plan memorial for miscarried child
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, stars of the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," are planning a memorial for their miscarried baby.
The baby, who they posthumously named Jubilee Shalom Duggar will be remembered in a memorial service on Wednesday, December 14, a rep confirmed to People magazine.
"On behalf of the whole Duggar Family we would like to thank everyone for their prayers, emails and outpouring of love," the Duggars wrote on their Web site. "Our prayer is that baby Duggar's passing will help us all realize that this life is short, and our relationship with Jesus is the most important thing."
Michelle Duggar, the 45-year-old Duggar matriarch suffered a miscarriage on Thursday, December 8, a month after she and husband Jim Bob revealed they were expecting their 20th child.
Michelle Duggar was advised to let the miscarriage occur naturally and was taken to the hospital on Sunday evening after feeling lightheaded. The family held a private memorial service in their home on Sunday. A spokesperson told People magazine that she is recovering well and is expected to return home on Monday.
"We have had many tears today," Jim Bob Duggar, 46, told People. "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."
The reality star, who had suffered complications with her last pregnancy, was in her second trimester and was due to give birth in April.
The conservative Christian Arkansas-based pair and their 19 children, whose names start with a J, appeared on NBC's "Today" show on November 8 to reveal the news of that Michelle Duggar was expecting a 20th child.
On the program, she addressed concerns about her age, saying that she was trying to maintain a healthy diet and fitness regime. The risk of miscarriage is highest among women older than 40 and especially among those who have suffered one in the past.
The couple's youngest child, Josie, was born premature - at 25 weeks old - in December 2009 after Michelle Duggar suffered preeclampsia and gall bladder problems. She dubbed the girl her "miracle baby."
Michelle Duggar miscarried during her second pregnancy about 20 years ago, despite being on birth control pills. After the tragedy, the Duggars decided to "let God decide how many children we would have," according to a message on their website.