Re-thinking Deathbed Forgiveness Rituals

Cover of the Int'l Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Works

In this article, ideas of forgiveness & death are explored. Medical models of death and bereavement have, at times, promoted unnecessary deathbed conversations and confessional acts of contrition. In an awkward attempt to rush the process of forgiveness, often people are left with more distance from their connections with their deceased loved ones. This article also offers some alternatives to commonly held assumptions in the discourse of forgiveness.