News broke last Friday that 45-year-old Michelle Duggar had suffered a miscarriage at 19 weeks when doctors were unable to find a heartbeat. It was a devastating loss for the Duggar family – the stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting – who had been excitedly planning for their newest addition. The Duggars went on to name their baby girl Jubilee Shalom and, on Wednesday, they held a memorial service at their Arkansas church.
During the memorial, the Duggars distributed a series of startling photos of Jubilee with her parents. One shows the stillborn baby’s tiny little feet along with the caption, “There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.”
If you’re wondering how these very intimate photos have essentially gone viral, it’s all thanks to a family member who posted them on Twitter (classy move). They then surfaced on a fan site and, well, you know how it goes from there.
According to reports, the photos were released without Michelle or her husband Jim Bob‘s consent and were intended for private use only. The family had contacted Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, a non-profit organization that helps families deal with miscarriage and the loss of their babies, to take the pictures. [tagbox tag="The Duggars"]
Once you see these photos, you can never unsee them. And, trust me, they stir up a whole range of emotions (most people find them creepy, some beautiful). But what we think is irrelevant since all that matters is how the Duggars feel. It’s their loss, after all, and it’s astounding that people are continuing to weigh in with their hurtful thoughts on the matter.
It seems that most people can’t relate to their lifestyle – just the mere fact that they’ve got a whopping 19 kids – and so they’re quick to judge and to mock. These leaked photos just add to it all, though you’d have to be pretty heartless not to be affected somehow upon viewing them – regardless of whether or not you’d take the same approach to grief and mourning.