Abortion’s ‘Invisible Grief’ Surfaces with Nationwide Gravesite Ceremonies
by Tom Ciesielka | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 9/3/13
Most people will acknowledge that losing a child is a terrible thing.
And that’s the focal point of the National Day of Remembrance set for September 14, 2013. This solemn event will memorialize tens of thousands of children buried at gravesites around the nation — a tiny fraction of the 55 million children killed by abortion since it was legalized in 1973.
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League are coordinating this day to heighten awareness that every abortion results in the death of an innocent child, create an appropriate outlet for both personal and national grief, and pray for an end to abortion. Details on the event are available at AbortionMemorials.com.
The grief caused by abortion is an “invisible” grief — what grief therapy expert Dr. Kenneth Doka defines as “disenfranchised loss,” one not recognized or socially sanctioned and therefore not triggering the type of social support people normally receive at a time of significant loss. Post-abortion counselors attest that this grief is amplified by the message that abortion is a legally protected “right” to be celebrated by our society, leaving no room for mourning the loss of the aborted child. To admit that loss would require abortion advocates to acknowledge that a real baby is involved.
The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is set for September 14 to mark the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at the Milwaukee gravesite, as well as 34 other burial sites, as well as dozens of other memorial sites dedicated to the unborn victims of abortion. There are hundreds of such sites across the country.