- Chrissy Teigen said she brings her late son Jack’s ashes with her on family trips.
- She explained that her two young children, Luna and Miles, insist that she pack the ashes.
- “They always say, ‘Don’t forget baby Jack,'” Teigen told parenting site Scary Mommy on Sunday.
Chrissy Teigen brings her late son’s ashes with her on family trips at the request of her two children, she said during an interview with parenting website Scary Mommy on Sunday.
The 35-year-old cookbook author miscarried her son, Jack, 20 weeks into her pregnancy in September 2020 after being hospitalized for excessive bleeding. As a method of coping with the loss, Teigen’s family packs his remains with them while traveling.
“What felt comfortable for our family was him always being around. Whether we go on a vacation or something, they always say, ‘Don’t forget baby Jack,'” she said, referring to her and her husband John Legend’s children, Luna, 5, and Miles, 3. “And then I have to pack him up.”
Teigen continued: “And then we get to where we’re going, they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, he must be thirsty.’ This might sound crazy to people, but they’ll put a little glass of water next to his little box of ashes. And they really love being a part of it.”
Receiving the unborn baby’s ashes after the miscarriage helped Teigen and Legend explain the loss to their children, she said.
“It was something for them to be able to put a story to, where we could say, ‘OK, Jack is in here and he is going to stay with us. And maybe one day we might release him. And he loves that we still think about him, and he loves that we’re still emotional about him, but more than anything, he loves that we talk about him. That makes him really excited and really happy,'” Teigen said.
“So they know that he’s still very much a part of our lives.”
In the year that’s passed since Teigen’s miscarriage, she and her family have publicly and privately paid tribute to Jack.
“We talk about him every day. Luna talks about him every day, and that’s how we grieve,” she told WSJ Magazine in April, adding, “We’re getting better each day.”
Shortly after the family received Jack’s ashes, Luna placed a stuffed therapy bear around the box containing them, Teigen told her social media followers.
“This is the cutest, most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” she said.
And when Teigen released her cookbook “Cravings: All Together: Recipes To Love” in August, she dedicated the work to Jack.