Every person on this entire planet that lives through the loss of a bay grieves and gets through the situation in different ways. And you know what? We should all respect that.
After Joy-Anna Duggar miscarried her daughter, friends and family still shared photos of her during her pregnancy online, and she hasn't seemed to mind. However, her parents and Carlin Bates shared a photo that has gotten extreme backlash from fans.
The Duggars instagram post was captioned with "Happy birthday, Joy!! One of my favorite things about you is that you always have a song in your heart to sing. In good times and in hard times we have always heard your heart overflow with encouraging truth from God’s Word through song. It is beautiful, and so are you!! Now we get to sing to you tonight!! Happy birthday, Joy... You are SO LOVED!!"
The Duggars did not address the comments that came from fans directly, however, Joy-Anna posted a photo of her and her sisters during their pregnancies on her own Instagram feed, which looks like a nod to her being alright with the photo her parents chose to share.
“So thankful to have these pictures from the photo shoot back in June with all the pregnant sisters. I couldn’t have known at the time what these memories would mean to me now,” she wrote. “While we grieve over the loss of our baby girl who would’ve been due in just 8 days, we are grateful for the time we had with her."
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From kids playing in the dirt, to walking down the aisle, to becoming mommies ... You have been my best friend through it all! I don’t know where I’d be without you!💛 You’ve been there to laugh with me and to cry with me. You’ve encouraged me and challenged me. You’ve been the best friend anyone could ever hope to have! Happy birthday, Joy! 🥳 Love you big!
“We are thankful for memories like these,” Duggar continued. “We are thankful for the precious hours we were able to hold her in our arms and say our goodbyes. We are thankful that God allowed us to be her parents, and we know that her life—though it was brief—has changed our lives forever.”
Joy-Anna and her husband Austin Forsyth were expecting their first child, a girl, this month, but announced that they had lost the baby back in July.
In the announcement, the couple shared on Instagram they said, "Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord. In the words of King David after the loss of his baby, 'I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me' (2 Sam 12:23). We don’t grieve as those who have no hope because we trust that we will see this little one again."