The Womb of Compassion : One Mother's Journey Through Adoption
In 1971 at the age of 16 years Judith Murray was unmarried and pregnant. Like many young women in her situation she was forced by circumstances to leave her family of origin to take up residence in homes for unmarried mothers for the confinement of her pregnancy. Her baby was removed from her immediately after the birth and subsequently placed for adoption. To date there has been no reunion with her lost son. This narrative is a holistic account of one woman's journey that describes her unique experience of losing her baby to adoption. A grief experience for an adoption trajectory is life-long. Over the past 43 years Judith has sought various avenues for healing. These include psychotherapy, spiritual practices and creative pursuits. Beginning in 2010 the Australia Government offered apologies throughout the country to address former policies and practices that affected many people due to an adoption experience. Judith has outlined three parliamentary apology events that she attended and her part in them and the affects these have had on her life. Judith's narrative is proof that healing is possible for tragic circumstances in life. Her story is one of courage, strength, determination and hope; that it is possible to rise above persistent grief and find ways to heal. This narrative will provide hope for those seeking healing for an adoption experience as well as an insightful case study for psychotherapists who are seeking to understand the impact that losing a baby to adoption can have.
- Paperback | 108 pages
- 127 x 203 x 6mm | 113g
- 08 Nov 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About MS J I Murray
Judith Murray was born in Scotland and emigrated to Australia with her family in the late 1950s. She has one sister and two brothers. In 1969 she left high school and entered the paid workforce. Judith commenced nursing in the late 1960s until the early 1990s. During those years she worked across Australia in medical, surgical and psychiatric hospitals. In 1992 Judith decided to seek a different career path and to that end she undertook some higher education courses in women's studies and also gained a social welfare qualification. She worked extensively in the human services industry in both government and non-government sectors as well as pastoral care. In recent years Judith has gained a counselling qualification and is considering work in post adoption. She is currently a mental health carer. Judith has developed her passion for creative writing, is a rose photographer and card maker. She engages in expressive arts therapies to include dance and music therapy for continual self-healing. Spirituality is an important consideration in Judith's life. She assumes a multi-faith approach to spirituality. As a natural born introvert and contemplative Judith seeks different ways to engage in spiritual practices that are enriching and support her role as a carer.