Forgiveness Intervention Assisted Older Adults

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The forgiveness intervention assisted older adults by exploring this topic, maybe for the first time (Ingersoll-Dayton, Campbell, & Ha, 2009). The process itself took place over a period of time. Forgiveness is not necessarily something that can be processed overnight. The time allotted for these sessions provided the group members with several weeks to explore the topic. The sessions involved a group facilitator and group members. The group facilitator was a trained professional who was knowledgeable about the therapeutic aspects of this type of group. Having other group members to share this experience with facilitated the experience of not being alone. Writing was also part of the process. The journal was a tool that allowed them to voice their experiences. As an assignment this provided the participants with the opportunity to continue their exploration of forgiveness beyond the group experience. The environment provided a safe place for the group members to explore painful memories. All of these factors contributed to helping this population explore forgiveness. The participants reported that this experience was helpful in that only one topic was explored, the nonjudgmental acceptance of the group and facilitator, and the journal questions. There are similarities between the reminiscence intervention and the forgiveness intervention. First, both therapies take time. Both took time to explore memories, from the sights and sounds of the experience, to the

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