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Post Abortive Healing Groups

Connection Meetings for Women

“I actually feel a deep joy that hadn’t been there before.” – Surrendering the Secret Participant

Connection Meetings, an introduction to Surrendering the Secret, are for women who have experienced loss through abortion. Support groups provide a safe, confidential, compassionate, non-judgmental place for women to begin the process of healing after abortion.

When: 7:15 pm on the 4th Thursday of most months. Call or email for more information.*

Where:  Heartbeats Newark, 336 East Main Street
      Contact Melissa at msantiago@heartbeats.org or call her at 740-349-7558 x204

Heartbeats Zanesville, 216 Hazlett Court
      Contact Kami at kami@heartbeats.org or call her at 740-450-5437 x205

*Connection meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of most months. No RSVP required, contact the above numbers or emails for more information.

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Surrendering the Secret

Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion

Without question, abortion can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a woman's life.  Surrendering the Secret is a powerful 8-week study that helps hurting women find the path to healing through honest, interactive Bible study.  You will be encouraged and supported as you allow God into rooms of your heart that might have been sealed for too long.  It's time to heal.  All you need is to be willing.  He wants to set you free.

Post-abortion stress is real and may be affecting you in ways you don't even realize. An abortion changes your life...we understand that and want to help you.  If you experience any of the following, please seek help.  Call us at 740-349-7558 and ask about Surrendering the Secret.  All calls are confidential.

• Guilt/regret
• Anxiety (headaches, difficulty sleeping, stomach aches)
• Avoidance behaviors (of anything that is a reminder of pregnancy and children)
• Depression
• Flashbacks
• Preoccupation with becoming pregnant again
• Self-abuse
• Anniversary reactions
• Anxiety over fertility and childbearing issues

There is hope and healing. Don't suffer in silence.
Call Melissa at 740-349-7558 x204 or email msantiago@heartbeats.org.


Hear what others have had to say about Surrendering the Secret:

Over the course of just 8 weeks, God used the women at Heartbeats and the Surrendering The Secret study to free me from guilt and shame and take my relationship with God to a new level.


Although our life experiences were different and the circumstances surrounding our decision to abort our children were different, we were all in need of the same thing.  We were all women who were in need of a chance to share our struggles, and experience the healing and forgiveness God promises for each of us.


I entered the study thinking I had dealt with most aspects of my abortion through the years. Through the group, I realized that I was still hiding some of my feelings.  I found anger that I didn’t know I had – anger at myself, anger for destroying the life of my child.  I don’t feel that anymore.  I heard God’s word in a whole new way, I have forgiven myself; I don’t hate myself any longer.


I would highly recommend this for anyone who has had an abortion; I didn’t realize how much guilt and regret I had built up in me. I felt so alone coming into the group and to see and hear others share their stories and offer support was so comforting. The relationships I made will hopefully last a lifetime!!


No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. - Isaiah 1:18

For more information go to: Surrendering the Secret

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