Grief after an abortion can be complicated, manifesting in a variety of symptoms of varying degrees. Some women may feel a sense of loss or sadness; others may feel anxious or depressed without understanding why. For some, abortion can be devastating and they feel that they will never put it behind them.
Abortion grief can affect women, partners, parents, siblings and friends. Some of the symptoms that may be experienced after abortion are:
Prolonged, unresolved grief
Emotional numbness and emptiness
Sudden bouts of crying
Loss of self esteem
Guilt and self-blame
It can be difficult to seek help after an abortion. You may feel embarrassed or fear you may be judged; you may feel as if you have no right to seek help, or that others won’t understand. But we are here to listen, and to help.
In acknowledging the importance of all pregnant women and their babies, Pregnancy Counselling and Support provides counselling, physical assistance, moral support and information to women in need, and their families, in a caring, accepting environment.