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The role of forgiveness in rehabilitation.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health care chaplaincy
Publication Date
Volume
14
Issue
2
Pages
75–82
Identifiers
PMID: 18697351
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article proposes that unresolved forgiveness issues may affect rehabilitation patients' motivation to participate in their physical therapy, and that their therapeutic outcomes may benefit from working through a forgiveness process. I also suggest that chaplains have a role in helping patients address their unresolved forgiveness issues and lowered motivation by helping the patients work through a forgiveness process. For patients with conditions caused at least in part by their own behavior, or even by someone else, this article offers a case study of pastoral care provided in light of unresolved forgiveness issues and a working through of a forgiveness process. Also presented is a revised model of a forgiveness process that informs the pastoral care provided in the case study.

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