September 11, 2001
One Year Later: Picking Up
May your strength
give us strength
May your faith give us
May your hope give us
May your love give us
No other recent event in the history of our
country, except the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor has numbed, shocked,
horrified, angered, enraged, and unified most of a nation, as did the events
of September 11th. The variety of tributes planned by the media and communities
around the country large and small is an indication of the impact even
one year later of this tragic event.
In the days following September 11th the Journey
site received an unprecedented increase in traffic from people searching
from answers to the tragedy and trying to heal from their grief. Journey
responded to the tragedy with our
9-11: United in Courage & Grief resource section to aid those
who would helping patients, friends, family and children cope with this
One Year Later
It will take
time and energy to be healed
from this most tragic
For the families of the
victims there will be only grief and despair.
For us as a community
there can be healing...
by helping those who
suffer and are in pain.
For those who have lost a loved one or been impacted
by the events of September 11, 2001 anniversary dates can be particularly
difficult, especially the first year. On dates such as these, the intensity
of the loss can return and the pain and the grief is felt anew.
To commemorate this year anniversary we are publishing
a poem partially written in the early days following September 11, 2001
and just recently rediscovered and finished entitled "Life
Goes On." In addition from a new section in progress "On Surviving"
Surviving Tragedy - September 11, 2001 that
describes how surivivors cope with the recent public example of tragedy.
An article written during the year on "Dealing
with Sudden, Accidental or Traumatic Death" may be beneficial to
helping people cope. Perhaps the most fitting remembrances can still be
found in the Blessings, Lyrics, Poems &
Quotes originally compiled for the
9-11: United in Courage & Grief resources.
Use of Journey of HeartsTM
In the past year we have discovered that the
Journey of HeartsTM
resources were being used to help in the healing process following the
An excerpt from the poem, "Blaze"
was used by Librarian and passionate part-time artist, Felice Sacks, as
part of his silk screen print created for the Corcoran Art School in Washington,
DC, in his interpretations of the September 11th tragedy. A picture of
his image can be seen at "Rising from Ashes."
Journey of Hearts Poem "The
Messenger" was featured on memorial websites and in several different
resources to help people cope. Unfortunately it was frequently quoted as
"Anonymous" and did not include a reference to our website. I was able
to find the poem used in the following:
- "The Messenger" poem is one of the "Poems &
Prayers" included on the NYFD Widows Message and Support Board.
- "The Messenger" was also featured in the October
2001 Newsletter from the Amelia Center in the newsletter devoted to the
aftermath of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.
Use of Graphics in a pamphlet of disaster awareness
for Catholic parish leaders.
Use of collection of 9-11 poems & lyrics.
Pain falls drop
by drop upon the heart until,
in our own despair, against
Life is very different in the aftermath of these
events. We have seen with the passage of a year this incident has
left an lasting imprint on our personal and national psyche. Images of
terror and inspiring stories of courage have been indelibly etched into
our memories. This tragedy has reshaped how we think about ourselves, our
community, our country and our world. We have learned that life is very
short and very precious. Against our will, out of dispair has come wisdom.
We can only wish that out of the tragedy has emerged love, hope and healing.
What really matters
now is love...
that condition in the
human spirit so profound that it allows us to rise.
Strength, love, courage,
love, kindness, love. That is really what matters.
There has always been
evil, and there will always be evil,
but there has always
been good, and there is good now.