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How Do I Heal Emotionally After an Abortion?

Abortion loss is a deeply personal experience that may have lasting impacts on your mental well-being. Those who have had an abortion may experience trauma and grief that can lead to emotional and psychological effects.

Anyone can experience trauma, and everyone can heal at different speeds. No one will have the same journey.

Things you may be feeling

Those who have lived through a traumatic event can experience the following:

  • denial
  • anger
  • fear
  • sadness
  • shame
  • confusion
  • anxiety
  • depression

Additionally, physical symptoms can also present, including:

  • headaches
  • digestive symptoms
  • fatigue
  • racing heart
  • sweating
  • feeling jumpy

Where Can Healing Begin?

Everyone’s experiences are unique; what works for some may not work for others. Gaining insight into what works is an important part of the healing process.  Here are some suggestions to consider.

  1. Connect with a support group: This will give you a safe and supportive environment to discuss feelings and experiences related to abortion loss. Sharing with others who have gone through similar experiences can provide comfort and can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
  2. Consider creative outlets:  Writing, painting, or music can also be powerful tools for expressing and processing your emotions related to loss and grief. These activities can help channel feelings in a healthy, effective way that provides a sense of peace and freedom.
  3. Engage in self-care practices: Practice self-care to promote good physical and emotional well-being—things like exercise, prayer, journaling, and leisure time in nature. Self-care can help to reduce stress and promote a sense of peace and calm during difficult times. Avoid using drugs and alcohol.  Drink plenty of water, and practice a healthy diet for optimal health.
  4. Professional counseling: Professional counseling can be an essential step in the healing process. A trained therapist can provide a safe and confidential space to process and cope with the emotional and psychological effects of abortion loss and grief. This type of professional support can help provide practical strategies and coping mechanisms for managing feelings of sadness, anger, and grief.

Not Sure Where To Start?

Those needing to speak with someone about past abortion trauma but are unsure where to start can reach out to us today. We care about you.

We can help find a haven where sharing in a judgment-free zone can be accomplished. Attaining healing is possible.

No one is alone when facing this, and there is help available.  

*Our Center does not perform or refer for abortions, but we provide medical-grade pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, options counseling, and post-abortion support.

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