After the miscarriage of their 20th child last week, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar announced that they will hold a memorial service on Wednesday, December 14.
They’ve also given the baby girl a name: Jubilee Shalom Duggar.
The stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting discovered at a routine ultrasound that the child, due next April, no longer had a heartbeat and Michelle had miscarried.
“We have had many tears today,” says Jim Bob Duggar, 46. “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 we’ve seen for our other children.”
“But we will see this child in heaven one day. We are thankful, and we are blessed to have the children we have here and the ones we will meet someday.”
Jim Bob says they are grateful for the health of youngest daughter, Josie, who turned 2 on December 10, and who has endured serious health problems.
Jubilee Duggar’s memorial service will be for their friends and the Duggar family members, who already held a private service in their home late Sunday.
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