United in Courage & Grief
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
The wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt helps me to cope
reminding us that we gain strength, courage and confidence by experiences
which cause us to look fear in the face. Even more so, she reminds us that
we can take the next thing that comes along.
We Remember those Lost
We light candles in memory of the courage and in love for those who have been lost. We also light a candle in hope for a peaceful future. (To light a candle wand over the top of the candle with the mouse.)A blue candle of courage...for all of the rescue workers and those who faced fear.
A red candle of love...for all of the lives lost too soon.
A white candle of peace...for the days still to come...
This event has been particularly difficult for me since I find myself in the first trimester of a second pregnancy. During a time which should be a joyous occasion and one of celebration, it has become a time of fear and concern for our children as our nation is now in the midst of a war against terrorism that has the potential to wage on though much of my children's early lifetime.
My young 18-month-old daughter has been my light in this time of great darkness. She is much too young to understand much more than "Mommy is not feeling well." She pulls me away from the barrage of television coverage and back into reality, with her laughter and her need to get outside and explore. She manages to know in all of this turmoil when I needed a hug. She is daily reminder for me that despite the tragedy, despite the concerns and the fears, I need to keep moving and keep living. Her curiosity for everything around her, her quest to communicate and inquisitive nature reminds me there are still many reasons to keep going.
To develop resources for this tragedy, I have adapted and updated some of the material on Grief and Loss from a course I taught on the Somatic Aspects of Grief and Loss, as well as writing some original materials that deal with the specific aspects of traumatic loss. I have searched the Journey of Hearts archives that may help visitors to our site understand the intensity of the reactions they may be feeling in response to this tragedy. I have also spent many hours writing new material and researching the Internet for additional resources that may be helpful.
What resulted is a collection of resources for professionals--physicians, nurses, counselors who will be seeing patients in the aftermath of these events and may need to discern if any of their symptoms might be related to psychological aftereffects of this tragedy. In addition, there are also some suggestions and additional resources for parents and those dealing with children helping children to cope with this tragic event.
For the first time in the history of this website, we have been seeing an increase in traffic, so that we will need to upgrade to the next level, so that people can continue to monitor the site. We see this additional cost as our small contribution to healing in the aftermath of this tragedy.
|Oh Say does that Star Spangled Banner yet Wave?
O're the land of the Free and the home of the Brave.
|Why does my heart feel
What is Different about this Event?
The Healing Effect of Telling the Story
Wake-up Call for the World
Health Concerns for Witnesses
|Blessings, Lyrics, Poems & Quotes
Remembering Our Children
Helping Children to Cope with Tragedy
Ways of Helping & Coping