The ten-year anniversary of 9/11 is almost upon us, which makes it a time of reflection and memorial for all Americans, even those not directly affected by the attacks. The memorial will be a solemn and patriotic affair, but the fact of the matter is that, even a decade after the attacks, many people are still feeling the effects as if 2001 was merely yesterday. For those who are suffering from trauma brought on either by being present at the site of the attacks or from losing a loved one, there is help available.
Dr. Renee Clauselle, the founder and head psychologist of New York-based Child and Family Psychology, has some advice for those who are struggling to deal with the deep-seated pain still left lingering after the attacks. Be sure to take these suggestions and use them to better the lives of yourself and your loved ones as you contemplate the meaning of the ten-year anniversary of this most poignant event:
• Memorialize. This is the time to recognize the need of making the anniversary of 9/11 special by honoring the day, our families, our communities, our nation, and ourselves.
• Closure. Terrorism still exists in the world today. It is difficult to get closure on a national stage, but it is important to think about how we can take our past tragedies, honor those who have passed, and make a better life for ourselves and the ones who we love.
• Care. Every American was affected on this day. You might need to take the time to care for yourself and others on the anniversary; some may need to take the day off from work to spend time with their loved ones.
• Enjoy patriotism. Despite the attacks, we as a nation have come far from the initial event. Don’t be afraid to indulge in some pride of your country.
• Get professional help. If you feel as though you simply cannot cope and are overwhelmed, the assistance of a professional can help guide you through this process.