Abortion Grief ~ Helping Clients Understand this is a Loss They Have Permission to Grieve

Abortion Grief ~ Helping Clients Understand this is a Loss They Have Permission to Grieve

For those who’ve chosen abortion there is no evidence of any loss so why wouldn’t it be confusing as to whether it is an actual grief situation?  In addition, if it is our choice that creates the loss, isn’t that yet another reason not to have permission to grieve? 

It is at this point that vpt clients go around in circles.  They seem to fall into a vortex of the trauma grieving cycle detailed by Dr. Patrick Carnes.  They bounce back and forth between confusion with the thought of whether or not this is actually a grief circumstance and the fear and shame surrounding the decision that keeps them locked in denial.

This thought process creates a “tornado” of emotional distress for the vpt woman.  Add to the mix that the tornado of emotions must be kept hidden deep inside out of fear of exposure and we have the “perfect storm” for depression, anger and/or anxiety.  If you have clients dealing with unexplainable depression, anger or anxiety, it might be wise to assess for unprocessed grief after abortion.

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