As discussed here on The Caregiver’s Corner, the anniversary of 9/11 can bring a resurgence of memories from that day, reminding individuals not only of our community’s collective grief stemming from the event, but also personal grief in their lives. San Diego Hospice grief expert, Nicole K. Reich, noted, “Though communities have demonstrated strength and resiliency as a result of 9/11, memories of that day can also trigger feelings of anxiety, fear, and vulnerability. This may be especially true for people whose resources are spread the thinnest, such as caregivers who are grieving the death of a family member, caregiving for an ill child or adult, or suffering from unemployment, homelessness or financial stressors.” If this is a scenario that rings true for you or someone you know, Nicole offers tips in her previous blog post related to 9/11.
Eight years ago, author Cameron Moll presented a poem in memoriam of 9/11, which we feature below on this 11th anniversary of 9/11.
The Fallen Will Forever Stand
In silence we ponder
Years fail to wash away
Memories that stain the walls of yesterday.
What are they but those we revere?
Indelible is the pain
Yet greater is the courage
Of those who gave the incalculable bequest.
What are we but guardians of the legacy now ours?
Written in our hearts the memories
In perpetuity remain.
Will the Fallen