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Michael Lapsley
Institute for Healing of Memories
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Fr Lapsley initially developed the Healing of Memories workshops while heading the Chaplaincy Project of the Trauma Centre for Victims of Violence and Torture. South Africa’s past conflicts had led to a deeply divided society where there was much suffering. Through his own experience of living in exile, losing both hands in a parcel bomb explosion, and listening to the stories of the survivors whom he counselled at the Trauma Centre, Fr. Lapsley realised the importance of giving people a space in which their experiences could be told and acknowledged. He became a driving force in developing Healing of Memories workshops as an alternative form of providing support for victims and survivors of apartheid violence. Fr. Michael has become a well-known international advocate for reconciliation, forgiveness and restorative justice. During 2005, invitations for speaking engagements have been received from the 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and the Oklahoma bombing 10 th anniversary organizers. Workshops have been held for groups involved with issues around reconciliation and healing in the USA, Australia, Britain, Ireland, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

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