‘Counting On’: Jinger and Joe Duggar Take Grandma Mary’s Loss the Hardest In An Emotional Episode
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy, but when it’s unexpected, things are even more difficult. During Counting On’s season 10 finale, the Duggar family dealt with the untimely loss of their Grandma Mary, Jim Bob Duggar’s mother and the last surviving parent between him and Michelle Duggar. Though all the grandchildren were upset, Joe and Jinger seemed to have the most difficult time handling the loss.
Grandma Mary has been the matriarch of the Duggar family for years
Jim Bob’s father and Michelle Duggar’s parents passed away quite a while ago, so Grandma Mary was the one everyone looked up to for years. She was a guiding light in the family, and the grandchildren had a very close relationship with her. The kids had just been at church with their grandmother when, hours later, they received a call that she had fallen into her pool and drowned. Michelle said she believed Mary was having a stroke at the time and that her passing was quick; she said she prays Mary felt no pain.
Jinger Duggar was seen crying several times on the season finale
When the kids learned of the loss, all of them had a difficult time handling it. Michelle said she told Jedediah first, and he told his younger siblings. But when Jinger received the call, she had a very hard time dealing with it. She broke down while talking to the camera, and her husband comforted her. “I’m gonna miss her a lot,” Jinger said through tears.
Later, when Jinger was delivering her grandmother’s outfit to the funeral home, she broke down again while speaking with the funeral director. And at the family service, Jinger was seen crying in her seat; she didn’t get up and speak to the crowd the way most of the kids did.
Joe Duggar was comforted by his wife after he broke down at the podium
Several of the Duggar grandchildren stood up at the podium to speak about their mother. Jackson, the 15th Duggar child, broke down while speaking. But Joe Duggar, who is married to Kendra Caldwell, stepped up to the podium and instantly couldn’t handle the hurt. He broke down before he could speak, and he had to step away, where he leaned into his brother for comfort. Kendra walked up front to comfort her husband, and he was able to pull it together to speak a few words.
Jim Bob’s last words to his mother would hit any viewer in the feels
The day after the family service, Grandma Mary’s official service took place, seemingly at the family’s church. The seats were filled with those who loved the oldest Duggar, and many people walked up to pay their respects. But it was Jim Bob’s last words to his mom that hit everyone in the feels. Toward the end of the episode, Jim Bob was the last one to look into his mother’s casket, and he uttered one last sentence to his mother: “Bye, Mom. I’ll see you on the other side.”