Journal Prompts For Healing From Abortion

Over 60 journal prompts to help you process your emotions surrounding your abortion and start to make sense of what's happened...


Not everyone feels down after having an abortion (and that's ok), but if you feel down, lost, shocked, angry, ashamed etc. then these journal prompts are for you...



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Abortion is a bereavement experience.


Bereavement is what happens to you; grief is what you feel (shock/denial, sadness/depression, anger/fear/resistance, acceptance); mourning is what you do.



Positive things can come out of this if we learn the lessons that mature us rather than letting them destroy us.



Journal prompt sections:

  • Morning Prompts

  • Evening Prompts

  • Post-Abortion Prompts

  • Guilt & Shame Prompts

  • Responsibility & Accountability Prompts

  • Spouse/Partner Prompts

  • Monthly Journal Prompts

  • Prompts To Baby



Morning Prompts


Date_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


1) Today, I feel_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


2) My body feels_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


3) I'm thinking about_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


4) I know_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


5) My support resources are_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _



~ I am worthy. I am loved. I am enough. ~





Evening Prompts


Date_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


1) Today, I've felt_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

2) I haven't felt like_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


3) I'm angry at_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


4) I'm sad because_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


5) Physically I feel_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


6) Mentally I feel_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


7) My triggers are_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _



~ I am safe. I am strong. I am beautiful. ~





Post-Abortion Prompts


Date_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


1) The day I found out I was pregnant, I was so (scared, happy, confused, surprised etc.)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


2) Initially, I thought_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


3) In my heart, I was thinking_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


4) In my head, I was thinking_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


5) The circumstances were such that_ _ _ _ _


6) Physically I felt_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


7) Emotionally I felt _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _



8) I told_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ that I was going to have the abortion


9) On the morning of the abortion_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


10) On the way to the appointment I felt _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


11) When I got there I felt_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


12) During the appointment I felt_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


13) When it was over I initially felt_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


14) On the way home_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


15) When I got home_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


16) For the rest of the day I felt_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


17) My body felt_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


18) I was _ _ _ weeks pregnant


19) After the abortion, I told_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


20) Since then I've told_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


21) I haven't told_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


22) I haven't told them because_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


23) I want to tell_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


24) I need support from _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


25) I think about my abortion when_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


26) I miss my baby most when_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


27) This is my _ _ _ _ _ _ _ abortion (first, second, third etc.)


28) I wonder_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


29) I knew / didn't know the gender of my baby_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


30) I have given / haven't given my baby a name_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


31) I never got to tell my baby_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


32) I've been thinking about_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


33) When I'm feeling down I_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


34) When I'm feeling down I can_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


35) I can show myself kindness by_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _



~ I am stronger than I think. I will heal through this ~



Guilt & Shame Prompts


(Guilt is feeling 'what I did was wrong'; Shame is feeling 'I am wrong')


Date_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


1) Before my abortion, I felt the following way about abortion_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


2) The aspects of my abortion that I feel guilty about are_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


3) When I decided to proceed with the abortion, I thought others would think the following about me_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


4) When I think about my abortion experience now, I think the following about myself_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


5) I find it easy/difficult to speak openly about my abortion because _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


6) I feel/don't feel I've been able to forgive those involved in my abortion experience because_ _ _


7) I feel/don't feel I've been able to forgive myself because_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


8) When I think about the future I think _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


9) Specific things I'm struggling with right now are _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


10) My triggers are _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


11) Letting go of my abortion experience and moving forward into all that life holds for me would look like _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _



~ I am mending. I am repairing. I am healing. ~





Responsibility & Accountability Prompts


Date_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


1) At the moment, I feel the following about myself_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


2) At the moment, I feel the following about my body_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


3) The people who played a part in my abortion decision were_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


4) They played the following parts_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


5) I hold feelings of blame towards the following people for my abortion decision_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


6) I feel angry towards_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


7) The following people particularly hurt me_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _


8) I recognise I may have wronged/hurt _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ by _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


9) I decide to forgive_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


10) How I feel about the part I played in my abortion decision_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


11) I decide to forgive myself for_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _



~ I am stronger than I think. I will heal through this ~





Spouse/Partner Prompts (if partner is present)

Date_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


1) I think _ _ _ _ _ is coping_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


2) They've seemed_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


3) They've acted_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


4) We have/haven't talked about_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


5) They have / haven't helped me through the grieving process by_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


6) Our relationship seems to be_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


7) I wish _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


8) Next time we sit down I'll _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


9) I could help them with their own grieving process by_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


10) I'm grateful for them_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

11) I think forgiveness means _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _



~ I am mending. I am repairing. I am healing. ~





Spouse/Partner Prompts (if partner is absent / out the picture)


1) The last time I spoke to _ _ _ _ _ _ _ was _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


2) That conversation went_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


3) I felt_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


4) I feel_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


5) I wish_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


6) I wish I could say_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


7) I think forgiveness means _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _






~ I am worthy of love. I am love and love lives in me. ~





Monthly Journal Prompts (sit down & write each month to reflect, process & help heal)


Date_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


1) This month has been_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


2) I've felt_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


3) Today I feel_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


4) I've felt the best this month when_ _ _ _ _


5) I've felt the worst when_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


6) My triggers are_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


7) When the subject of abortion is mentioned, I feel _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


8) When the subject of abortion is mentioned, my body reacts in the following ways physically _ _


9) When I think about having children in the future, I feel _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


10) After my abortion experience, my sexual intimacy has been affected in the following ways _ _


11) In my support circle I have_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


12) I think it would help if I_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


13) I'm going to_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


14) I'm grateful for_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


15) I'm hopeful for_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


16) What I want to say to my baby is that_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


17) Other things I'm thinking are_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


18) My purpose in life is to _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _





~ I am mending. I am repairing. I am healing ~





Prompts To Baby


Date_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


1) Hey precious. I just want to say_ _ _ _ _ _


2) I hope you are_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


3) I think of you every time I_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


4) I look forward to_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


5) Thank you for gifting me


6) To honour you, I will (e.g. lighting a candle on the anniversary, plant a tree, wear a bracelet/necklace etc.)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _



~ I am blessed. I am overcoming. I am whole. ~




Womb sister, well done for any sense of accountability you've acknowledged through your abortion experience. By naming and owning things, you are helping yourself to work through them and learning how to live with them- this is a much healthier choice than suppression and denial.


Well done for your courage to journal these prompts and to work through these incredibly painful issues.





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DISCLAIMER: this resource is not intended to be a substitute for professional post-abortion counselling.

If you are experiencing panic attacks, eating disorders, alcohol or drug use, abusive relationships, thoughts of suicide or anything else that may put your physical health as risk, please see your doctor immediately.

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