Forgiving someone after they have hurt you can be challenging, especially if it is someone you are really close to. However, when we find it difficult to forgive someone, it is helpful to remember that forgiveness is important for our own healing. Forgiveness does not mean that you are forgetting what happened, minimizing your pain and suffering, or excusing someone’s behavior. Forgiveness frees us from anger and resentment and helps us find peace and happiness within ourselves.

Though forgiveness is an important part of healing and self-growth, know that it is okay to give yourself time to work through your emotions and process what happened. Forgiveness happens at your own pace. You may need more time to fully feel and express your anger and pain before you are ready to start working toward forgiveness.

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