In addition to helping you understand the origins of your
emotional pain, this book is devoted to helping you heal. There are exercises
to facilitate resolving painful feelings, a meditation on forgiveness,
and suggestions for rituals and atonement you may find useful in your
Table of Contents
1. Why am I Feeling so Bad?
How and why post-abortion distress occurs. The relationship between post-abortion
distress and other painful life experiences. Some statistics about abortion
and post-abortion distress.
2. How Post-Abortion Distress Reveals Itself
What kinds of feelings do women experience with post-abortion distress?
What is guilt, what are the different ways it manifests? Womens' stories
related to guilt. Exercises to help resolve guilt.
The nature and phases of grief. Womens' stories. Exercises to help resolve
What is shame? Different ways women experience shame related to an abortion.
6. Depression and Anger
The relationship between depression and anger. Different ways depression
manifests, different ways of treating depression. Related womens' stories.
Exercises to help work with depression and anger.
7. Spiritual Injury
Religious and non-religious spiritual conflicts related to abortion.
8. Sometimes Men Have Trouble with Abortion Too
Different ways men may experience distress related to their partner's abortion.
Suggestions for healing.
9. Talking About It
The importance of not being alone with the experience of post-abortion distress.
How to find someone safe to talk with.
10. Self-Forgiveness, Atonement, and Ritual
The centrality of self-forgiveness in healing post-abortion distress. What
self-forgiveness, atonement, and ritual are and are not. Exercises, meditations,
and other suggestions for healing.
11. Healing into the Rest of Your Life
How what you have learned in this book fits into the rest of your life.
12. How Parents Feel
Interviews with parents about their experience of a son's or daughter's
involvement in an abortion.
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