Abortion can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a person’s life. Feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, anger and grief are not only common for the woman who undergoes an abortion, but also for the man involved, for relatives, friends, counselors and even medical personnel.
Is abortion a painful part of your past? Are you still struggling to find peace months or years after the choice? If so, you are not alone…and you don’t have to carry this burden by yourself any longer. Help is readily available to you in your journey to renewed emotional and spiritual well-being. Many have traveled this road before you and as you reach out for assistance, you will discover a community of compassionate, experienced women and men who will be able to offer skillful and significant help.
SUPPORT VIA TELEPHONE
NATIONAL: Rachel’s Vineyard National Hotline: 1-877-HOPE-4-ME (1-877-467-3463)
NOPARH National Phone line: 1-800-5-WE-CARE (1-800-593-2273)
CALIFORNIA ONLY: Project Rachel California Statewide Phone line: 1-888-HOPE-790 (1-888-467-3790)*
*This number receives calls from any area code in the state of California and routes the caller directly to his or her closest Project Rachel office. Project Rachel is the Catholic diocesan program of post-abortion assistance to both women and men.
SUPPORT VIA CONFIDENTIAL EMAIL
www.afterabortion.com – neutral peer support among women (e-support)
www.rachelsvineyard.org – Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats/Groups – (e-buddy option)
GENERAL SUPPORT AND INFORMATION
www.rachelsvineyard.org – Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats/Groups
www.afterabortion.com – Elliott Institute
www.noparh.org – National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing
www.hopeafterabortion.com – U.S. Catholic dioceses’ outreach
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Forbidden Grief:The Unspoken Pain of Abortion Theresa Burke, PhD and David Reardon, PhD
A Season to Heal: Help and hope for those working through Post-Abortion Stress Luci Freed and Penny Yvonne Salazar,. LCSW
A Solitary Sorrow: Finding Healing & Wholeness after Abortion Teri Reisser, MFT
Men and Abortion: A Path to Healing C.T. Coyle, Ph.D.
No One Told Me I Could Cry: A teen’s guide to hope and healing after abortion Connie Nykiel, R.N.
A Silent Sorrow – Pregnancy Loss: Guidance and Support for You and Your Family (2nd ed.) Ingrid Kohn, MSW and Perry-Lynn Moffitt
A Woman Doctor’s Guide to Miscarriage Lynn Friedman, MD
Peace after Abortion Ava Torre-Bueno (strongly pro-choice approach)
The Healing Choice: Your Guide to Emotional Recovery After an Abortion Candace De Puy, Ph.D. and Dava Dovitch, Ph.D. (strongly pro-choice approach)
Her Choice to Heal: Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace After Abortion Sydna Masse & Joan Phillips (strongly evangelical Protestant /biblical approach)
Catholic Women and Abortion: Stories of Healing Pat King, ed.
Abortion and Healing: A Cry to Be Whole Fr. Michael Mannion (strongly Catholic approach for those who have suffered after abortion and those seeking to help)
General Grief Books
The Courage to Grieve (general – not specific to pregnancy loss) Judy Tatelbaum
Grief Therapy for Men Linus Mundy
Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times Rabbi David Wolpe