Permission to grieve abortion

Cradle My Heart Today | Theresa’s story 5-22-17

Theresa Burke is a mental health professional who specializes in grief and trauma. Watch now:

Yet when she reported that six of the eight women in an eating disorders group had had an abortion, her supervisor blocked her efforts to offer them help for that grief.

Yet studies show abortion may lead to an increased risk of depression, suicide, drug abuse, and other emotional problems. So Theresa developed the Rachel’s Vineyard retreats offering the love of Jesus Christ to those hurt by abortion.

And now, tens of thousands have found help worldwide, as spiritual truth heals the many emotional wounds and losses abortion may bring.

She says, “There is help, there is hope.”

Theresa is bold in proclaiming healing when the rest of her profession says abortion has no impact on mental health. Instead, she gives women permission to grieve. Inherent in this grief is resolving the guilt for our role in the deaths of our children through abortion.

By helping women heal their forbidden grief, Theresa is restoring women hurt by abortion all over the world.

 . . . to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3

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