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Devout Christian reality stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar hosted a memorial service Wednesday in tribute to the baby they lost in a second-trimester miscarriage last week. Named Jubilee Shalom Duggar, the baby would have been the couple's 20th child.
The family contacted Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (a nonprofit organization that helps families deal with miscarriages) to take photos of the fetus. They displayed the photos -- which show Michelle, 45, holding their baby's tiny hands and feet -- during the service. Amy Duggar, a cousin who regularly appears on the religious family's popular TLC show 19 Kids and Counting, later shared one of the pictures via Twitter.
"RIP precious Jubilee Shalom Duggar! Can't wait to meet you someday, thank you Lord for giving our family peace," Amy wrote about the memorial photo, which was distributed as part of the service. The tweet was later taken down, and a spokesperson for the family told People that the photos were intended for private use only.
During the memorial, Jim Bob Duggar, 46, shared his sadness over the baby he and Michelle will not have the opportunity to raise in their large, faithful family.
"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," he told the hundreds family and friends in attendance. "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."
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