Acute Responses to Loss
Assessing the Risk for Suicide
Holiday or Anyday Blues
Sudden, Accidental or Traumatic Death
September 11th Resources
Warning Signs & Symptoms
Complications of Grief
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
How to Help a Grieving Person
How to Help a Grieving Child
Ways of Coping
Poems & Quotes
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~ Life Goes On ~
Planes crashing into buildings
in images from a disaster film
now on the small screen
filling our homes with a sense of terror.
Yet images of harsh reality so unreal
now etched into our minds
watching the destruction of our way of life.
Laughter of my young daughter
pulls me from my transfixed state
mesmerized by the barrage of images
with a simple request of "out"...
She brings me away from the horror of the event
and into the reality of the moment.
A nation, a world in tears
united in grief and loss.
A tragedy so large, so unimaginable
the depth of emotions so great
that no words can describe the loss.
Many lost never to be seen again
yet so many others saved
in thwarted missions ended by courageous citizens.
We, the survivors,
are left with the unanswerable question....
A small hand placed so trustingly in mine
to support her walking.
Back in the moment once again, I am reminded
For her sake and the sake of the new life growing
I must continue to believe that life is worth
and most of all
Life goes on.
© 2002 Kirsti A. Dyer,
~ In Memory of those who were losted on September
11, 2001 and those who survived. ~
My young daughter who at the time was 18 month
was my angel and my light during this time of great darkness. Kaarina was
too young to understand much more than "Mommy is not feeling well" as I
sat transfixed in disbelief watching the television coverage. With a child's innocence
she pulled me away from the barrage of television coverage and back into
reality, with her laughter and her need to get outside and explore. She
was a daily reminder for me that despite the tragedy, despite the concerns
and the fears, I needed to keep moving and keep living if not for my own,
for her sake and the sake of my unborn baby.
This event was especially difficult for me since
I was in the first trimester of a second pregnancy. A time that should
have been a joyous occasion and one of celebration, became one of time
of fear and concern for our children.
We experience our own personal crisis this March,
nearly losing our second daughter, Kristiina shortly after she was born.
Thankfully we got our miracle as she improved and is now a healthy 5 1/2
month old. This crisis has helped us to reassess our priorities, our goals and our dreams.
My angel and my miracle continue to be my reasons
to keep going and keep living.
is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.