Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, joined by their 19 children, held a memorial service for baby Jubilee Shalom yesterday, reports People. The child, who would have been the Duggars’ 20th, was stillborn on Dec. 11. In a tragic stroke, the doctor’s appointment when Michelle discovered her baby no longer had a heartbeat was the day after youngest child, Josie Brooklyn, turned 2 years old. Josie had been a particularly problematic pregnancy for Michelle, who suffered pre-eclampsia and was forced to deliver at 25 weeks when Josie weighed only 1.6 pounds.
“I feel a great sorrow and grief, and yet at the same time I have a peace in my heart,” Michelle affirmed. “I know that in the days and weeks to come there will be other things that I will walk though, and grief that will come, and there will be times that we will worship and sing praises. I know that God will allow me to continue to release the emotions that I will release.”