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9-11 Moving Past Grief

A smothering cloud of sadness and grief hovers over our nation today on the anniversary of 9-11. If it weren’t for hope, we could not rebuild our lives and our nation.

Where Were You on 9-11?

Five months before that fateful day, my husband, son, and I ambled down the streets of NYC, carefree and enjoying the sights. NYC has an energy that no other city in America experiences. The sounds of honking taxis and metal squeals of buses as they stop and start are a comforting background of familiar noises as people hurriedly walk by.

Yet, that April in the city held some surprising emotions for me. When we arrived for the first time at the North Tower of the World Trade Center, we got on the elevator that took us to the 107th floor for dinner at the famous restaurant, Windows on the World. The World Trade Center loomed over Manhattan like a protective giant. As the elevator took us to the top of the Tower, our ears were popping from the rapid change in altitude. This must be one of the safest buildings in the world, I thought.

The evening was filled with delicious food and happy conversation. Polite servers attentively watched over our table, eager to provide us with anything we wanted. After dinner my husband and son wanted to go into the Greatest Bar on Earth, adjoining the dining room, to listen to music. The view from the bar was spectacular as it scanned the Skyline of Manhattan, with the Statue of Liberty in the distance. All during the evening, I had experienced an uneasy feeling that was only relieved when the elevator door opened at the bottom of the Tower and we stepped out on the street again.

On that trip to NYC, my husband took a picture of me standing with the Twin Towers in the background—the only picture I ever remember where I was not smiling.

Can We Find Hope in the Midst of Grief?

Fast-forward to today, September 11, 2010. Our nation is troubled in every direction. As I listened to multiple stories on television of the remembrances of 9-11, I heard stories and saw the faces of hurting people. People must have hope, I thought.

Then, a touching story showed the 33 coal miners in Chile trapped in a mine cave-in for over a month. Diligent workers continue to drudge through debris to rescue them. Canisters are lowered into the coal mine to give the trapped men food, and one thing more—hope. For in those canisters are letters and love notes from their loved ones.

Hope moves us forward.

Breast Cancer Survivors Can Find Hope From Loss, Too

Have you been touched by breast cancer since 9-11? Trying to pull yourself out of the debris of difficulties that you experienced from breast cancer may have left you wondering about hope. Even the loss of someone you love could leave you in despair. I have had some raw feelings today myself, since my mother died on this day three years ago. Here is how I personally cope with loss:

  1. Allow yourself to grieve when you need to release emotions. Then, let go of those hurtful feelings.
  2. Focus on the good things that surround you and how you can improve your life. Find special interests, and throw yourself into them.
  3. Surround yourself with caring people, and cling to the hope that God gives you when you pray.

Now, live your life. No matter what has happened in the past, look to the future with hope.

Thought for Today:

“Those who wish to sing always find a song.” Proverb quote

Live Life,


Let’s Talk: How have you found hope in your life?

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2 Responses to 9-11 Moving Past Grief
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