"Forgiveness for me means being at peace, letting go of the bitterness and letting Jacob into my life." Read more
The Forgiveness Project shares stories of forgiveness in order to build hope, empathy and understanding.
The Forgiveness Project’s unique contribution to this debate is to provide a space of enquiry rather than argument, to ask questions rather than provide answers, and to explore key aspects of forgiveness and its impact through individual real life stories.
Analysis of the many stories The Forgiveness Project has collected over the years shows that while forgiveness is not a linear process, and seldom a one-off event, nevertheless certain qualities and values feature in most of the stories.
These stories come from all over the world and whether they focus on mending broken hearts or broken communities, show that forgiveness is about connecting to a common, shared humanity.
"I felt strongly that I didn’t want be responsible for taking this other young person’s life. I didn’t want Ryan to rot in jail."
"To tell someone who is in pain to forgive is brutal. Forgiveness can’t be prescriptive."
"There is a high wall between our two nations, a wall of hate and fear. Someone needs to put cracks in the wall in order for it to fall down."
"Inside I feel terrified of what I have done and regret it deeply."
An award-winning, intensive group based intervention programme that supports prisoners in their process of change towards desistance from crime.
A thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity.
Download our free Education Resources now to explore forgiveness, justice and empathy with young people aged 14+.
What is forgiveness and why do we even choose to forgive those who have harmed us? The Forgiveness Project’s books and resources explore these questions together with skills that enable individuals and groups to transform the impact of harm and violence.