Post-Abortion Healing: Rachel’s Vineyard
Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. We also offer a 15-week support group model for Rachel’s Vineyard. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life.
The program is an opportunity to examine a person’s abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has impacted him/her in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings that many individuals struggle with after abortion. Because of the emotional numbness and secrecy that often surrounds an abortion experience, conflicting emotions both during and after the event may remain unresolved. These buried feelings can surface later and may be symptoms of post abortion trauma.
Married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings of aborted children, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel’s Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing. The weekend is a lot of work but yields a fruitful harvest for all who are willing to labor there.
National organization: Rachel’s Vineyard — 800-HOPE4ME (800-467-3463) or www.rachelsvineyard.org.
National Hotline for Abortion Recovery –1-866-482-LIFE (866-482-5433)
The support program, Project Rachel, is active within the diocese. Contact Denise Rowinski at Catholic Social Services at 570-822-7118 ext 3333.