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Redeeming Grief is a reflection on over 17 years of counselling and study of abortion grief, which is experienced by many women who choose to undergo this elective procedure. These reflections are the result of listening to over 1,500 personal stories and listening to the expressions used by women as they speak about their decision to abort the life of their child. Lastman attempts to reconstruct the meaning that this procedure has had for the aborting woman and how this one procedure has been the catalyst for life changes.
Redeeming Grief looks at abortion trauma and grief from the spiritual and the psychological perspective, and its influences on the individuals involved and society.
Redeeming Grief! Yes some parts are difficult reading, but to persevere through, for a post-abortion sufferer, may prove a wonderful, life-saving gift from God. Thanks to Anne Lastman, her experience, her wisdom and honesty, and the love she has shared already with so many, are surely gifts from God. Personal contact with Anne is clearly best but just nor always possible; there are sadly so many. This book is a brave and wonderful gift to share with many more, both sufferers and helpers.
Bishop D.C. Moore, MSC, DD, KBE,
Bishop Emeritus of Alotau-Sidea, Papua New Guinea
Anne Lastman explores the psychological, social and spiritual aspects of one of society’s taboo subjects: the consequences of abortion. From her own extensive counselling experience, from international research and from the words of women and men who have suffered, she makes a compelling call for the Church to wake up to the issues of abortion and to embrace those who need healing.
Dr Dianne Grocott MBBS, FRANZCP,
Psychiatrist, Victoria, Australia
Redeeming Grief by Anne Lastman is a truly remarkable book which should be in the hands of every bishop, priest, deacon and pastoral worker. A truly remarkable book by a remarkable author.
Ref Fr Raymond Wells PE,
The book Redeeming Grief reveals abortion as a trauma which at times is linked with other traumas that even today are dismissed; and pro-choice lobbies continue to deny the fact. Thanks to the true stories of more than 1,500 women counselled by Anne Lastman for post-abortion distress and presented in her book, this is revealed. Through the pain of unborn babies and the pain of their mothers – and of all involved people – healing and redemption are possible. Redeeming Grief outlines why this grief is a good and redeeming grief.
Benedetta Foà, Psychologist and post-abortion counsellor,