The journey to emotional healing after an abortion can be a daunting and exhausting process. Though, like many experiences, it is never easy but, for those who persevere, the outcome is well worth it.
In the book, “Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One’s Abortion Experience,” Fredenburg says about healing,
“If you’ve told your story,
built a support system,
explored your emotions,
identified and begun grieving your losses,
and recognized any unhealthy behaviors,
then you’ve made significant progress!”
She goes on to say that one of the most difficult parts in the healing process is the decision to “let go of the pain.” Although it may seem simple enough, it can be the hardest accomplishment because it can be grounded in a sense of fear and comfort. There can be fear of the unknown. It can become a habit to stay fixed on the pain as a way of self-punishment.
If you want help healing from the trauma of abortion, reach out to Restore After Abortion. We provide a safe, caring, and nonjudgmental environment for teenagers and adults to process through the grief and get to a place of healing. We offer individual as well as group support. You can call or text us at 630-599-0043 for more information or to schedule an introductory appointment. Additionally, we offer the Restore E-Newsletter series via email to anyone who is interested in learning more about post abortion topics.
Fredenburg, Michaelene. (2008). Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One’s Abortion Experience. Perspectives. San Diego, California.