A new post-abortion grief counselling service has commenced in the Archdiocese of Perth, The eRecord reports.
Initiated by Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, the service aims to provide support and healing without judgement to those who have experienced an abortion, including men.
Archdiocesan Research and Project Development Manager Tony Giglia, said the new service will be provided by the Fullness of Life Centre, Pregnancy Assistance, Centrecare Inc and Abortion Grief Australia, who have all signed a memorandum of understanding with the Archdiocese.
“The services provided will be free of charge and those seeking the counselling service can be assured they are getting confidential quality support,” said Mr Giglia.
“It is about following in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd, so that we can further provide a Christ-centred Church that understands the experiences of the people and where they are at in their life today,” he said.
Centrecare Inc director Tony Pietropicolo AM said the organisation is more than happy to assist and support people who are experiencing post-abortion grief.
“There is a sense of loss a person experiences following an abortion, often unexpectedly, and this may often also be experienced by the people around them. Hence it is constructive, from a number of perspectives ie emotional, social and spiritually for a person (who is experiencing post-abortion grief) to share their feelings and ideas around what has happened,” Mr Pietropiccolo said.
“The counsellor’s role is to support them as they process this experience,” he said.
Research from Abortion Grief Australia shows that despite the prevalence of abortion in the community it is still largely unspoken about, if not hidden, especially when it comes to talking about ongoing grief or distress.
This inhibits those seeking support or counselling, with some not even making any link between abortion and problems in daily functioning.