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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 & Grief
  • Why does my heart feel so bad?
  • 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
  • 911: Blessings
  • 911: Prayers
  • 911: Lyrics
  • 911: Poems
  • 911: Quotes
  • Remembering Our Children
  • Helping Children to Cope with Tragedy
  • A Letter to Help Children Cope with Tragedy
  • Ways of Helping & Coping
  • Creatively Expressing Grief
  • 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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