The Duggar Family is known for starring on 19 Kids and Counting, but on Monday, the reality TV family mourned the loss of their 20th child on what would have been her sixth birthday.
In an emotional post to the Duggar Family Official Facebook page, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar honored their daughter Jubilee, who was stillborn on December 11, 2011.
“It’s hard to believe Jubilee would have been 6 years old today,” the post reads. “Jubilee is our 20th child who was stillborn. We so look forward to seeing Jubilee in heaven. In the Bible, King David’s baby died and he stated, ‘I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.'”
The family also posted a photo of Jubilee’s grave, which is located at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Jubilee weighed only 4 oz and measured 6 cm in length when she came into the world in December 2011. The family had announced a month early on the Today Show that they were expecting. During that announcement, Michelle revealed Jubilee was due in April 2012.
The family covered the loss of Jubilee in a special episode of “19 Kids & Counting.” A portion of that episode is posted below.
I’m not a fan of the Duggars in general, but in this, I grieve with them. 14 months after they lost Jubilee, I gave birth to my triplets at 18 1/2 weeks. Their 5th “birth” day was this month. So I know the Duggars’ pain. It’s brutal, devastating and you never get over it. Those of us who’ve experienced this type of loss, no matter our differences, are forever connected, and NO ONE, least of all people who haven’t been in our shoes, has the right to judge how any of us deal with it. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
Repenting of sins and putting our faith in Jesus.
These are words and phrases I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Reflecting on them has changed me in ways I would have never thought possible.
Losing a loved one is never easy, the pain never goes away. I can’t imagine how it would feel to lose a child.
I’m going to say a prayer for the Duggar family, and all the families who have suffered a loss.
It feels like the right thing for me to do.
What’s wrong with considering her date of death 12/11? If my baby had no heartbeat and I found that out on 12/11, I’d consider that the date of her death too. Who cares which day she actually came out of her mother. Talk about picking apart the details to death. And it wasn’t even them that said she was stillborn on 12/11, it was whoever wrote the article.
Oops that was supposed to be in reply to a comment below.
Guys, seriously. There’s enough about the Duggars to poke fun at or disagree with, but not this. No matter what you think of them, losing a baby is heartwrenching. There’s a time and a place for rants and sarcastic comments, and this isn’t it. Damn.
She wasn’t due until April 2012 though. They didn’t find her heartbeat anymore on December 11th, so she wouldn’t have been born on December 11, so the Duggars aren’t making sense here. Then again, they rarely do….
What’s wrong with considering her date of death 12/11? If my baby had no heartbeat and I found that out on 12/11, I’d consider that the date of her death too. Who cares which day she actually came out of her mother. Talk about picking apart the details to death.
I think she’s saying she wasn’t actually “born” on the 11th. Which is pretty petty considering at this stage in pregnancy Michele had to be put into labor or have a c section to deliver jubilee as if she were alive. That’s awful. To have to endure induced contractions or surgery to give birth to a stillborn, is still a birth. It just wasn’t a live birth unfortunately. Very sad
No mention of the miscarriage she had after Josh? The one they named Caleb? How old would that one be? Of course, they didn’t get pictures, so they can’t use that one to push their political agenda. My heart goes out to anyone who suffers this devastating loss and I am among them, but the Duggars will stop at nothing to push their beliefs down our collective throats. Meanwhile, they harbor and support a pedophile.
It’s not that one’s birthday/anniversary of death. It’s Jubilee’s.
I think what WAMPASCAT is saying is we never hear anything about the other baby she lost and that Jubilee would actually be baby #21.
I think there is a huge difference emotionally between an early first trimester loss and a late second trimester loss. Not to mention what you physically go through,
Everyone is different. My mom still mourns her stillborns from 40 and 45 years ago.
I meant to say miscarriages.
Such a horrible loss no matter if you have 0 children or 19 of them….and while I don’t like the duggars always, my heart goes out to them
Whatever kind of religion one chooses it must be a horrible thing to lose a child. I am 8 weeks pregnant with my first and don’t even want to acknowledge my pregnancy that much with other because I am worried something will happen. I am just trying to be safe and eat right. A friend’s sister just had a miscarriage and she was due around the same as I am. To lose something you wanted so badly is so painful. I feel sorry for all who lose anyone at any age.
Understandable and totally normal. I didn’t even buy anything until after 25 weeks because I was scared something would happen. Hang in there.
I don’t understand why you were downvoted so much, Tracy, you said nothing about the Duggars and I would think the whole world would agree on the fact that losing your baby is horrible. Anyways, I totally understand why you’re anxious, I think most people would be! My sister had a stillborn baby and it was not just the emotional pain that got to her, to physically get it out apparently is a horribly painful experience (although she had never been in labour before that happened, maybe now after 2 kids she wouldn’t even blink, I don’t know).
But sometimes wonderful things happen too: my friend tried to get pregnant for years, fertility clinics and everything, miscarriage after miscarriage, but when she stopped the treatments she found out she was 2 months pregnant! She’s already past her due date now, so any day could be her luckiest 🙂
We didn’t announce until I was about 6 months pregnant (luckily I only gained 5, 5, and 10 each trimester) for that reason. You just never know…