Deciding to end a pregnancy is difficult. Regardless of the circumstances, it is a complex loss—one that needs to be acknowledged. Ritual can help us cope with—and make sense of—our emotional response to this arduous experience.
Ritual helps us pay attention. From the joy of a recovery to the grief of a funeral, ritual helps us inhabit the breadth of human experience.
Recently, I led a Sunday morning brunch at Woodstock... more
A ceremony that a woman who has had an abortion can perform with a group of women. This ceremony uses the symbols of tashlich(casting out) and mikveh; the woman mourns the loss, renews herself, and attempts to bring closure to the abortion.