"If you can find it in yourself to forgive, then you are no longer chained to the perpetrator." 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.
"Perhaps I forgave because I realised that death can come at any time and take away the opportunity for reconciliation."
"I believe with every fibre of my being that every human being has the right to live without the pain of the past."
"My father was a good son to my grandmother, he is a well-respected member of his local community and he was both a good and an abusive father."
"Some people can’t forgive. But that doesn’t mean they’re weak, or that they’ll be consumed by bitterness or anger."
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.