Suffering can be transmuted to compassion and a deeper understanding of ourselves and the human condition.
Suffering can come from reliving our past by not allowing the hurts to speak to us. To not allow our hearts to feel them because of fear that we may never recover from it.
But just as Christ (as I understand Him) came through His own suffering and hell with His wounds healed, so we to can come through ours healed and no longer with a bitterness or resentment it with a deeper understanding, a humility and compassionate and forgiving heart.
Our wounds will have healed to scars of wisdom reminding us of our journey.
This is our freedom.