Jessa Duggar and her husband, Ben Seewald, have heavy hearts this holiday season after the passing this week of Seewald’s grandfather, Eaton. Both Jessa and Ben shared touching messages about him on social media.
Thankful to have had time together over Thanksgiving. Special moments. We love you, Grandpa.
You are missed but I believe we will meet again before long, both of us in perfect health and sing together the praise of Christ, who died to cleanse us of our sins reconcile us to God. pic.twitter.com/ZEYoUYoEIA
— Ben Seewald (@BenSeewald) December 8, 2019
“Thankful to have had time together over Thanksgiving. Special moments. We love you, Grandpa,” Seewald wrote. “You are missed but I believe we will meet again before long, both of us in perfect health and sing together the praise of Christ, who died to cleanse us of our sins reconcile us to God.”
Duggar shared two photos of Eaton, along with an emotional video of him saying bye to his great-grandchildren.
“Goodbyes are always hard, but especially when you feel they will probably be your last,” she wrote.
“With uncertainties of declining health and cancer taking over, God was so kind to give us a final Thanksgiving weekend with Grandpa Eaton. As we grieve our loss here on earth, we take comfort in the hope that he is with the Lord.”
Fans shared their condolences in the comments. “So sorry. I too am dealing with the loss of my grandfather. He passed Wednesday. We can take joy is knowing we will see each other again!” one wrote.
“We have hope to see our loved ones again but it still hurts. Sorry for your loss,” another said.
“It’s never easy. Sorry for the loss of your beloved Grandpa Eaton. Thanking you Lord for your faithfulness. Sending love to the family,” a third follower wrote.
The Seewald family also released a statement on their Instagram account about his passing.
“My wife lost her father yesterday. I covet your prayers for the family in this time of sorrow. I want to express my gratitude for his influence in her life,” it read.
“He always wanted the best for his children and he made sacrifices to ensure their success. He worked hard to provide a home for them, but from my view, one of the greatest things he did for them was the regular reading of Scripture and the singing of spiritual songs. I remember fondly gathering with them around the living room, reading a chapter in the Bible, after which, he would grab his guitar and we would sing Psalms and hymns.”