Patricia A. Merlo, M.P.M.

Forgiveness Workshop Overview

The Return of the Prodigal Son - Rembrandt.
Image is used from,
courtesy of The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia


All of the major religious traditions tell us to forgive, but they don’t teach us how to forgive. In fact, most of us struggle with forgiveness. Painful events from our past continue to poison our present thoughts and/or feelings. But the struggle does not mean that our desire is insincere, or that we are unable to forgive.

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn what leads to the peacefulness and holistic benefits of forgiveness. Participants will learn how to forgive --whether the hurtful event occurred yesterday or years ago -- and what to do when the hurtful behavior is likely to continue into the future.

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    At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will know:

    • what forgiveness is/is not
    • the benefits of forgiveness
    • the process of forgiveness
    • rituals of forgiveness


  • Essentials of forgiveness:
  • Misconceptions and counterproductive attitudes
  • Holistic Benefits.
  • Let go of negative responses.
  • Cultivate positive responses.
  • Be gentle with yourself: time, repetition and grace may be required.
  • What to do if/when you are stuck in unforgiveness
  • Forgiveness Rituals
  • Roadmap to Forgiveness graphic

Presentation Options

  • 1 hour format includes:
    • Self-scoring “Assessment Tool”
    • Power point presentation
    • Limited time for questions and answers
  • Optional activities for the 3 hour format:
    • Case Study: Participants accompany a fictional person through the process of forgiveness
    • Forgiveness Rituals and/or Prayer for Inner Healing
    • Extended Q & A segment
  •  Additional Optional activities:
    • Photo-journaling
    • Mindfulness training and practice
  • Additional Options For Caregivers
    • Motivational strategies to use with patients/families
    • Self-care rituals
  • Handouts:
    • Assessment Tool of Misconceptions
    • Text version of Roadmap to Forgiveness or copy of Powerpoint presentation
    • Workshop evaluation forms
  • Other Items
For further information or to schedule a workshop contact:
Patty Merlo
(Page Last Updated 9/8/2016)

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