Transformation: Helping You Grieve Your Loss
Reprinted with permission from L.E.A.R.N. Inc.
by Dr. Karen Stevenson
The heart of a woman is wounded by so many losses. The loss of a child during pregnancy can penetrate to her soul. With it comes the loss of her hopes and dreams, and the promise of future generations. When she has lost her preborn child to abortion, the pain can become a double edged sword. She may feel an abiding emptiness or sharp piercing pain, yet because of her decision she believes that she has no right to grieve.
Each year, over 1.2 million abortions are performed in the United States. Of that number, untold numbers of women grieve the loss of their unborn children. they mourn silently and they mourn alone. Theirs is a silent sisterhood of many. Because she carefully guards this unspeakable secret, she believes she suffers alone.
TRANSFORMATION is a ministry dedicated to healing the wounds caused by abortion. Counseling is done in both individual and in group settings. It is confidential and Christian based.
POST ABORTION SYNDROME is a disorder which is manifested by some of the following symptoms:
Nightmares or Flashbacks
Avoidance of reminders of the abortion, or of anything having to do with babies
Anger or Rage Reactions
Alcohol or other Substance Abuse
Deterioration of Self-concept
Anniversary Syndrome-mood or behavior changes each year near the time of the abortion, or the baby’s due date
Problems bonding with children or overprotecting future children
POST ABORTION SYNDROME may rob the woman of her joy as she carries the burden of unresolved grief. This burden weighs her down and imprisons her in pain. The 12 week program opens to the door to allow healing to begin.
“…to bestow on the a
crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…”
The woman is able to acknowledge her loss, grieve it, and then to move on with her life.