Duggar Family Attends Grandma Mary Duggar’s Funeral: TLC Films for ‘Counting On’, Josh Duggar Speaks & Jill Dillard Posts Photos of the Casket

The  Duggar Family sure knows how to exploit a birth, but they’re also surprisingly good at exploiting a death, apparently.

The reality TV family attended the funeral of “Grandma” Mary Duggar on Monday, just over a week after Mary– who is Jim Bob Duggar‘s mother– lost her life in an accidental drowning accident. Of course, because this is the Duggars we’re talking about, TLC cameras were also dragged to Mary’s funeral to capture all of the heartbreak for the family’s reality show Counting On.


According to the Duggar Family News: Life is Not All Pickles and Hairspray Facebook page, the memorial service was filmed by TLC— except for one part.

“Josh [Duggar] spoke, which caused the TLC cameras to immediately shut off,” the page reported. (Josh has never been shown on ‘Counting On,’ due to his 2015 sex abuse scandal.)

“Jim Bob and Michelle then talked and then Jessa and Ben,” the page added. “All the Duggar boys sang. Jed talked and explained more about what happened on the day that Mary died…”

While many, including Amy Duggar King— who is the cousin of the Duggar kids and was extremely close to Grandma Mary– posted on social media to recognize Grandma’s funeral day, Jill Dillard took it one step further, posting photos from the service and of her Grandma’s coffin.

“Yesterday was a very hard, yet beautiful day,” Jill wrote in the caption of several funeral photos posted to her Instagram account. “The service was lovely and very honoring to my Grandma and the one she loved more than anyone or anything else, Jesus Christ! So many family members and friends came together and organized, supported and remembered the amazing woman she was! And thanks to all y’all for the kind words and prayers too!”

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Yesterday was a very hard, yet beautiful day. The service was lovely and very honoring to my Grandma and the one she loved more than anyone or anything else, Jesus Christ! ? So many family members and friends came together and organized, supported and remembered the amazing woman she was! ?And thanks to all y’all for the kind words and prayers too! ?? . . ?It started raining right before the graveside service and then there was a beautiful rainbow…”a sign of God’s faithfulness”, as Grandma would always say! ? ☔️ (Thanks Laura and Lauren for some of these pics!) . . ?We’ll see you in heaven, Grandma! I know you’re enjoying your time with Jesus before the rest of us arrive! ?

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The post included a video of the Dugs (and Dugs-in-laws) singing “Amazing Grace” during the service, as well as photos of the pallbearers carrying Mary’s coffin to the graveside. She also posted pics of the graveside service and a close-up of her grandmother’s casket. 

While many of Jill’s Instagram followers offered their condolences, some criticized Jill for posting coffin and funeral pics.

“I’ll never understand why people post pictures of the grave site and the casket,” one person wrote in the comments. “It should be a personal thing, not blasted on Facebook or etc…”

“Why would you put such an emotional and private moment online?” another wrote. “Are there no boundaries in your family to what you share worldwide?”

Last week, Amy threw some shade at Jill for including emojis in her memorial posts to Grandma Duggar last week. (She didn’t actually name Jill in the post, but fans figured out that the post was likely in response to Jill’s emoji-filled memorial post to Grandma, that also pointed to a for-profit link to Jill’s website.)

“Sometimes it’s ok to use emojis and then there are other times when. You. Just. Don’t,” Amy tweeted.

Amy has not yet commented on Jill’s photo-filled funeral post.

RELATED STORY: Grandma Mary Duggar’s Sudden Death Caused by Drowning: Investigation Opened Into Her Death

(Photos: TLC, Instagram, Twitter)

19 Responses

  1. In poor Jill’s defense, using emojis on long posts breaks up the monotony of it..kinda off topic of this article…but so many weird people give Jill hell over the dumbest pettiest things… maybe the ole “miserable with themselves n their life so putting someone else down makes them feel better about themselves” is the reason..but how they don’t feel worse for leaving those comments makes me wonder what heck goes on in people’s minds.
    I still see articles about Jinger & her husband referring to posting..does anyone remember Jinger sharing that SHE is one posts on his behalf bc he can’t be trusted to have his own internet activity not be monitored?
    No one talks about how insane that it is for a 30 y/o man having his not even 30y/o wife act as his mother.

  2. I keep nearly sobbing every time I see Grandma Duggar’s picture or when I watched her on Jessa’s baby segment on TLC recently… It’s just so very sad. I’ve been watching the show a long time. It’s almost like Grandma was family. Maybe that’s weird, but it’s true nonetheless. Rest in peace, Grandma Duggar.

    – Walk

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    So sorry for loss prayers for the family with lost of love

  4. Someone dying and attending a funeral is a sad thing but everyone remembers their loves ones in a different way every funeral ive beem to you dont wear black also their is laughter eith memories etc not all funerals habe to be downcast

  5. I think because Jill was brought up in the limelight, she thinks everyone wants to see every part of her life. She wants to be “relatable” and “ordinary”. Girl is trying too hard and because she never learned there are boundaries we can’t go across but like…she was taught by Jim Bob and Michelle, why is anyone surprised. I also think she never fully recovered from her brother fondling her, even if they are saying no girl holds grudges towards him, I bet Jill does but she can’t express it. And her dickhead of a husband is of no help whatsoever.

  6. I think everyone is different…if she wants to put Emoji on her comments of this event there is not one thing wrong with it…if you would not thats your decision dont make it your decision that she should be like you….not one thing wrong with it and i think all of you should stop with all the nit picking judgements on all the duggards….get a life…everyone id different….

  7. What’s wrong with Jill’s use of emojis in her post? I find it weird that Jill had a link to her website and posted pictures of the casket.

    1. Her post was also something along the lines “God decided to send you into heaven before your old body became too much trouble”. With knowing how she died now, that’s just really insensitive.

      1. Ok, I thought Amy was talking about the emojis with the post in this article with the rainbows..etc.

    2. I agree that it’s weird and disrespectful but she doesn’t know better. The family had cameras film the funeral-which is the epitome of poor taste.

  8. Well as the saying goes…everyone grieves in their own way.
    I’ve seen some crazy behavior at funerals, from inappropriate clothing to comedy, to outrageous demands and then there’s the downright mean and ugly.
    So I guess this isn’t surprising.

    1. This reminds me of the time Janelle got her kids taken away and posted articles so she can profit off of it

  9. It’s all about the almighty dollar I guess.

    Also, did they have to walk over the top of other people’s grave sites?? How disrespectful!

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      I heard from someone close to the family that TLC pushed for them to film the funeral. Saying they are in breach of contract if they don’t comply.

  10. Condolences to the family.
    No matter who they are ..it’s always hard lising a loved one.????

  11. Good God, Grandma wasn’t even allowed dignity in her death. I used to think people were too harsh toward this family, but they really earn it as time goes on.

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