The complexities of forgiveness— Sharon Gollan



Some years ago I undertook a ritual of forgiveness in relation to the policeman who I held most responsible for the loss of my brother, Stephan, who died in police custody. In doing so I was influenced both by my Christian faith and also by my dad and brother, both of whom are no longer living.

The ritual of forgiveness was a powerful experience for me and it brought me a sense of freedom and lightness. I think the day I went through with that ritual was the moment I was set free from those events of the past. I now feel free from that policeman’s presence in my life.