Grief and National Tragedies: the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Every year, Americans remember those we lost in the tragic 9/11 attacks in 2001. Now, on its 20th anniversary, it is important to look to those who are experiencing personal grief today. 

Personal vs Communal Grief

The events of 9/11 affected an entire country. We came together and sought action after a horrific attack on the American people. Many people enlisted in the armed forces because of the attacks. To many, 9/11 was a rallying call to protect the country. However, for many of us living in New York City and the surrounding area, this tragedy was a lot more personal. Many of us lost loved ones. Mothers, daughters, sons, and fathers were lost that day. Civilians and first responders alike were lost that day; and each year, those families remember those that they have lost.

Supporting Those Dealing With Personal Grief 

Everyone processes grief differently. And with such a personal matter put into a national spotlight, it can be hard for those families to experience a true moment of peace to mourn the anniversary of their loved one’s passing. Additionally, some people may feel like this national attention can take away from the individuals whose lives were lost that day. If a friend or family member is struggling with grief during this time, try to support them however you can. Sometimes, just being there for them can be a huge help.

Resources for 9/11 Families

In the last 20 years, many non-profits and government programs have been created to lend a helping hand to those affected by the attacks. The September 11th Families’ Association has produced a page with an extensive list of vital support services for those affected. Click here to view the support services listed. Among the list are grief counseling and support groups, programs for health and wellness support, and more. These resources can be incredibly helpful for the children and families of those lost, as well as survivors. There is also a section of resources for Rescue & Recovery workers. 

The author of this post is not a professional therapist or counselor. For assistance in finding a grief counselor that is right for you, there are a number of resources out there. For our Grief Resource Center, written by Dr. Bill Webster, click here

For over 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

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