As the images of September 11th are played over and over again this week, our nation regrieves the loss of thousands of innocent souls in that tragic day in history. Remember during this time of honoring those lost on 9/11 that mourners, new to grief and still struggling with their own losses, are inundated with those pictures of horrific loss and memories of unbearable, painful grief – both personal and shared.
If you’re new to grief and the pictures this week in the news are overwhelming, know your limitations. Turn the TV and radio off. Spend special time in remembering your loved one in meaningful ways.
If you know a person new to grief, call them up this week and remind them that they are not alone, that you’re there for them and you are wishing them the best.
Written by Larry M. Barber, LPC-S, CT author of the grief survival guide “Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief with Hope and Promise” available online at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Love-Never-LPC-S-Larry-Barber/dp/1613796005 ), Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-never-dies-lpc-s-ct-larry-m-barber-ct-larry-m/1104364890?ean=9781613796016).
The grief survival guide is also available in Spanish as “El Amor Nunca Muere: Aceptando el Dolor con Esperanza y Promesa”
Both English and Spanish versions are available for Kindle and Nook. Larry is the director of GriefWorks, a free grief support program for children and their families in Dallas TX http://grief-works.org.