Martin Sutovec, Slovakia

Century Marks

Healing dialogue: Healing sometimes comes in unlikely settings. Patricia Dahlgren experienced some healing for the murder of her mother in the presence of the very man who committed the deed. Nearly 12 years after her mother was murdered, Dahlgren spent an entire day in prison with the killer, accompanied by a friend and a minister. The meeting was arranged by two members of the facilitated dialogue program of the Oregon Department of Corrections. Dahlgren shared with the killer her emotional journey after the loss of her mother. The killer told her exactly what he had done and said he was sorry for it and ashamed of it. The meeting ended with Dahlgren telling the killer she forgave him, which stunned everyone present (Naseem Rakha, author of The Crying Tree, a novel about murder and forgiveness, at, May 22).


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