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Joy-Anna Duggar Cradles Her Stillborn Daughter In Photos Taken After Miscarriage

It's been just one day since Duggar daughter Joy-Anna and her husband Austin Forsyth announced the tragic miscarriage of their daughter. The couple revealed in a heartbreaking Instagram post that when they arrived at the doctor for their routine five-month ultrasound and gender reveal, they were informed their daughter no longer had a heartbeat.

Today, the grieving couple released a few photos of themselves cradling their daughter, who they named Annabel Elise, in their arms as they said goodbye. The couple was surrounded by family and friends as they held their daughter and had pictures taken for remembrance. "We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious," they wrote in the caption of their Instagram post. "So thankful the Lord gave her to us for that short time! She will be in our hearts forever!"

Joy-Anna and Austin posted a touching picture of themselves together with their daughter, as well as photos with Duggar Matriarch Michelle, Joy-Anna's sister Jill, and family friend Carlin Bates providing much-needed comfort for the grieving parents. They also posted a photo of Annabell's tiny footprints alongside a picture of a quarter to show just how small she was.

Bates posted a few photos of her own, writing, "I wish there were words to express how broken hearted I am for my best friend. Seeing her give birth to her little girl, Annabell Elise, and knowing that she would never be able to hold her again while on earth just brings tears to my eyes."

It was back in May that the couple, who are parents to one-year-old Gideon, announced they would be welcoming their second child, due in November, in a sweet post on Instagram.

Despite their sadness, the couple is leaning hard on their faith and family to help support them during this time. "Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time," the couple wrote on Instagram. "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."

Both Joy-Anna and Austin expressed how much they appreciate the outpouring of kindness they've received since they announced their tragic news. "Thank you all for your love and support! We can feel the prayers!"

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