Are you hurting from an abortion experience, even years later? You are not alone!

Our centre offers a post-abortion recovery and healing program called Living in Colour, designed by Jenny McDermid who has had two abortions and says:

… ‘forbidden grief’ describes the sadness and pain felt by many women following their abortion decision. This pain is seldom confined to the loss of a child; many also lose relationships, self-worth and hope for the future. These losses must be grieved and, as with all grieving journeys, this involves processing emotional responses such as relief, denial, guilt, shame, depressions, anger, and forgiveness. The post-abortive woman also needs to allow herself to “know” her child in order to say goodbye for now.

“Having processed her grief, it is important to pay attention to what comes next. Many women find that their recovery journeys teach them valuable life lessons that contribute to increased strength of character, wisdom, vision and hope. The final chapter of the program celebrates the process of emerging from the ‘grey zone’ of unresolved loss into a life of colour, freedom and joy.”

Although many women feel some relief after an abortion, many others have negative emotions afterwards. These reactions may be immediate or may occur years later. Women who have had an abortion have reported the following reactions:

  • Guilt
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Difficulty Bonding with Partner or Children
  • Eating Disorders

“I had an abortion before. I don’t know how to move on from it.

I need help.” Adelle

If this sounds like you or someone you know, call to start your Recovery After Abortion Healing today. All our services are free and confidential. 

You can call 705-527-4272 and ask to speak to someone about the Recovery After Abortion Program. If you are calling after hours, you may leave a confidential voicemail and one of our staff will return your call within 2-3 business days.  If you prefer, you can also email hprc@bellnet.ca. ​

This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.