Update: Here’s our recap of the season finale “A Duggar Loss,” which managed to make us respect Jim Bob and Michelle — however briefly — for the low-key way in which they grieved the loss of Jubilee.
The Duggar family held their memorial service for their miscarried child Jubilee Shalom Duggar yesterday, as promised, and our prediction that photos would find their way to the press came true. I don’t know about you guys, but when I envision “memorial service,” it’s the family standing in a graveyard huddled around a tiny coffin, blocked off from any prying cameras. Instead, we have the Duggars dressed up and standing in their mega-church at Arkansas—and you have to assume the house was packed.
The other possibly-oversharing element of the service was when they distributed artistically-posed photos of Jubilee with her parents. The portraits are vague so as not to be too disturbing; there’s a photo of her tiny feet with the caption There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.
Here’s the first photo (warning: it might still squick you out):
There’s another artistic pic, helpfully captioned with Michelle holding Jubilee’s hand! like it came out of a scrapbook:
You grieve how you grieve, and this is not the creepiest thing they could have done. In fact, it’s fitting for a family so used to the media spotlight, to find a public way to remember their child because she won’t be joining her siblings on-camera. I take some exception to the giant, LED-light church, but that’s their lifestyle.
According to TMZ, a family member posted these photos to Twitter, after which they surfaced on a Duggar fansite.
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Update: Now that season 9 of 19 Kids and Counting has premiered, we know that Jubilee’s short life is going to be the focus of the season. That makes us more than a little uncomfortable, as it reminds us of how Bravo handled Russell Armstrong‘s suicide. Check out our recap and let us know what you think!