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September 11, 2001: One Year Later
For the year anniversary of this tragic event we have included several new resources:
Page - September 11, 2001: One Year Later
Poem - Life Goes On
Reflections - On Surviving
Healing Image - Rising from Ashes
9-11: United in Courage & Grief - Online Articles & Resources from Journey of Hearts
9-11: United in Courage &
Why does my heart feel so
What is Different
about this Event?
The Healing Effect of
Telling the Story
Wake-up Call for the World
Health Concerns for Witnesses
to the Events
Blessings, Prayers, Lyrics,
Poems & Quotes
Remembering Our Children
Helping Children to Cope
A Letter to Help Children
Cope with Tragedy
Ways of Helping & Coping
Resources - Professionals,
Visitors & Parents
Additional thoughts since September 11th
As have so many others, in the aftermath of the September 11 tragedy, we have been reassessing what is
important to us. One thing that is for sure, these events have stressed the need to continue the Journey of
Hearts website as a resource for grief and loss. It has also furthered my commitment to use my training in
grief and loss to educate colleagues and the public.
The idea for the site originated four years ago in 1997 as I watched the worldwide grief response to the
deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa. Two years later in 1999, the need to continue the site was
confirmed again first with the tragic shootings in Columbine and then following the death of John F.
Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law. Now again, two years later, the events of September 11 have
reinforced the importance of the materials, the resources and the education we are providing on the Journey
of Hearts site.
Like no other event, except perhaps the attack on Pearl Harbor, this most recent tragedy shocked, angered,
enraged, numbed, and horrified much of a nation, if not the world. It also sensitized people around the
world to what it is like to experience loss and the grief response. We can only hope that this tragic event has
served to educate the public and professionals people about loss, the grief response, what is a "normal"
response and when to seek further help. Perhaps what this event has done is provide the public and also
professionals with information and educated them so that in the future when other disasters or tragedies
occur, people can understand more about the grief response, better cope with losses, and ultimately aid in
the recovering and healing process.
The events of September 11 may also serve as a wake up for education, change, and reform. When enough
people—the public and the politicians, the political leaders—in the right places become angered and used
this strong emotions to move towards activism, things change. We can hope that after living through these
events they will make us understand the suffering of others so that we will no longer turn our backs on
those who are grieving.
In the aftermath of the September 11 tragedy, we are a country and a world forever changed.
Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS
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