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Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 by Loren Gelberg-Goff, LCSW

Let’s first define the word forgiveness. Webster defines forgiveness as: “to pardon; to give up resentment of; to cease to feel resentment against”. I also define it as “letting go; releasing oneself, emotionally from a negative experience in your life”. The words may sound relatively easy, it’s the actions of “giving up, releasing, and/or ceasing” that cause people the most difficulty. Forgiveness is NOT just about when others hurt us, it is also about when we have hurt someone else. Your work today is in two parts: first is about forgiving others, and the second is about forgiving yourself.


Loren Gelberg-Goff is licensed clinical social worker in River Edge, New Jersey. For more information, please visit her listing on the Therapist Directory.