Forgiveness can lead to reconciliation if the hurtful event involved someone whose relationship you otherwise value and both parties want the relationship. That isn't always the case, however. Reconciliation might be impossible if the offender has died or is unwilling to communicate with you. In other cases, reconciliation might not be appropriate. Remember that you decide whether or not you want to associate with the individual. Still, forgiveness is possible even if reconciliation isn't. And forgiveness can remove the power the other person continues to wield in your life. [Source]