Mediation is a non-adversarial and voluntary process that often reaches beyond helping the parties involved in a dispute reach resolution. Participants in the process typically come away with personalized and effective agreements that they have created. They may even gain useful tools for handling future issues before they become disputes. Individuals may obtain an understanding of the difference between positions and interests, the ability to self-reflect and meaningfully contribute to the dispute resolution process, and a sense of personal reconciliation. Choosing mediation means parties have a unique opportunity to move beyond the heavy emotional toil caused by ongoing conflict and instead travel a proven path forward that leads to peace, empowerment, and healing.