These resources support the main article, The Hardest Relationships are the Strongest, and its companion article.
Stories of people who forgave serious and damaging social mistakes
Voices Of Forgiveness: Finding The Strength To Forgive My Grandmother -Huffington Post/ Jenn Bender
Voices Of Forgiveness: How I Finally Forgave My Parents - Huffington Post/ Kim Kloes
Found at Just Between Us (.org), a story by Corrie Ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place
"And so woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me. And as I did, an incredible thing took place. The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into our joined hands. And then this healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes."
Actor Dolph Lundgren gives a very powerful and emotional account, his own story of forgiveness over abuse. I highly recommend watching as his story helped me, not only in this article, but in my own life. It’s about 15 minutes long and completely worth it.
Some of what the bible says about forgiveness (all are KJV)
Colossians 3:12 (one of my favorites)
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.