What should someone do if their loved one refuses to accept a sincere apology and holds onto anger?
If you honestly love that person, then the only thing to do is try to make it up some other way. Never let the anger possess you also because this will lead to even bigger problems, as I have found out. Always try to imagine that your loved one's anger is justified no matter what (because this is surely what your loved one thinks).
The approach you should take is the understanding and loving one. Show your loved one that you do in fact love him or her by doing things that he or she will appreciate. Go out of your way to make it up and never let your anger get a hold of you. If your loved one truly loves you, he or she will forgive you in time.
If the apology is actually sincere than it should not matter whether their loved one chooses to accept it or not.
Apologies are meant to convey regret and that the apologizer will try not to make the same mistake again. It is not a cure all band-aid that will automatically make someone forgive and forget.
If someone doesn't accept your apology and you understand how you hurt them, then you need to make good on your apology. You need to work harder to let them know they can trust you and that you really want to make things better.
My hubby refused to talk to his sisters because they betrayed him. Only way is to stop being bad
Give him or her space for a while. Wait for the hot water to cool down as the saying goes.
One really good book on the topic is "Unpacking Forgiveness" by Christ Brauns:
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