With the loss of a child from the womb, grief naturally follows. Yet oftentimes the mother and father are not allowed to express this sadness and loss. A death not properly grieved leads to much pain and can show itself in depression and other psychological symptoms. When society devalues the life of the unborn, it makes this pain common among parents who have lost children to miscarriage or abortion. Time does not necessarily heal the pain of loss, but mourning and remembering the dead can bring about healing and help in coping with death.
Throughout our country, millions of women and men who have chosen abortion are experiencing unresolved grief. This pain often increases with time and with life changes. So often those who suffer from abortion carry this alone and keep their “secret” in silence, afraid of being judged or abandoned by family and/or friends. This fear along with the trauma of abortion leaves many scars. Some post-abortion symptoms that may occur are depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, broken relationships, guilt, suicidal thoughts, drug and/or alcohol abuse. Both men and women can experience these symptoms, but with the help of God's grace the scars can be healed. Hopefully by giving people a place to grieve the loss of their child, healing will occur. Therefore, the Memorial serves as a place to remember the unborn in a tangible way and be a source for one to find peace and healing.