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ithout a doubt abortion can be one of the most traumatic experiences a person can have. Both before and after abortion, feelings of fear, anxiety, guilt, panic and pressure are common–not only for the woman who experiences the abortion, but also for the father of the unborn child, the grandparents, brothers and sisters, close friends, even medical personnel involved with the abortion. People from a broad variety of religious affiliations (or with none) may experience some or all of these feelings. For Catholics, the pain of abortion is intensified by a sense of alienation from God and Church, but God wants to mend the relationships and heal the heartache.
If you have had this experience, our ministry volunteers want you to know that we understand and care. We want to provide a loving and welcoming community reaching out to you in compassion and concern. Above all, we want to help you through the healing process.
In a safe and positive relationship those who have been involved in an abortion can explore the grief, guilt and sadness that they may be carrying. Through this process they may work toward reconciliation with self, child, family, Church, and God.
“Rachel mourns for her children; she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shall have its rewards. There is hope for your future.” – Jeremiah 31:15-17
Often sleep and eating difficulties arise. Social withdrawal is common, which can be due to feelings of guilt and shame. Nightmares, hallucinations and/or depression can occur years after the incident of an abortion. The quality of family relationships can be seriously affected.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats
he Diocese of Charleston Family Life Office uses the Rachel’s Vineyard retreat as our primary ministry for men and women who need healing from a past abortion. There are weekend retreats and prayer services for those who seek healing from abortion.
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Toll-free national hotline at:
877 HOPE 4 ME
or by website contact at:
Christy at (803) 554-6088
Kathy at (803) 546-6010
NOTE: All calls are strictly confidential.
- Abortion Changes You
- After Abortion
- Fatherhood Forever Foundation
- Project Rachel
- Silent No More
- The Rachel Network
- Priests for Life
- Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion by Theresa Burke, Ph.D. (the founder Rachel’s Vineyard) & David Reardon
- Redeeming a Father’s Heart by Kevin Burke, LSW (co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard), David Wemhoff & Marvin Stockwell
- Sharing the Heart of Christ by Kevin Burke, LSW, Theresa Burke, PhD., & Fr. Frank Pavone
- Save One by Sheila Harper (male and female editions)
Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae:
“I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the sacrament of reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost, and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living with the Lord. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming … those in need … you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.”