The Duggar family has planned a private memorial service for the baby Michelle Duggar miscarried, a girl they have named Jubilee Shalom Duggar, for Wednesday.
Choosing to remain open about the loss of their 20th child, Michelle Duggar reveals she allowed the miscarriage to happen naturally Sunday night, only going to the hospital after becoming lightheaded. She is expected to return home Monday afternoon.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Jim Bob Duggar shared, "We have had many tears today. This is life, and I understand that we are going through 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."
"We would like to thank everyone for their prayers, emails and outpouring of love," Jim Bob Duggar 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."
Jubilee Shalom Duggar's name follows the family tradition of beginning with the letter "J." The only person in the Duggar family not given a "J" name was a baby named Caleb Michelle Duggar lost over 20 years ago. The Macmillan Dictionary defines Jubilee as "a big celebration for a special occasion," while Shalom is listed as "used as a way of saying 'hello' and 'goodbye.' Shalom is the Hebrew word for 'peace.'"
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