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Even in the best relationships, there is sometimes damage done to the connections between two or more people. The process of reconciling a damaged relationship includes finding a way to heal and move past the hurts and conflict. Among experts there is disagreement about whether reconciliation is the same as forgiveness, whether it must end in a reunion of the parties involved in reconciliation, and whether contrition (the act of showing sorrow for one’s actions and repenting) is required. When reunion and restoration of the relationship is the goal, the process of reconciliation may create a renewed sense of commitment, trust, and connection. Regardless of the specific definition of reconciliation, it is an important topic to the field of marriage and family counseling given the ...

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