Some may experience a resurgence of their original feelings/experience:
This effect, called the Anniversary Effect, is not unusual for those who have experienced a traumatic event in their lives and may be a time when you experience a resurgence in the symptoms of anxiety, grief or depression that you may have felt that you had already conquered.
Some coping tips which may help you to cope with the 9/11 anniversary:
• Be aware that you may have a strong emotional reaction around the time of the anniversary.
• Take care of yourself by eating well, exercising and getting plenty of rest.
• Talk about your feelings with friends, family or a counselor.
• Do something special to mark the date, such as attending a memorial.
• Don't hesitate to seek professional help if you need extra assistance in dealing with your feelings.
Remembering the Positives that Came From It:
People worked together/increased kindness towards others/pulling together/more solidarity and charity in our country
Appreciating our Country and Its Freedoms and Citizenship
Not taking our safety for granted. Appreciate each day.
Matter What our Political Views on the Iraq and Afghan Military Involvement Remember to Pray for our People in Military, some organizations did pillows during Art Prize last year you could decorate and send over, churches do care packages, and show kindness and support to them when they return (not forgotten). Some are experiencing severe Post Traumatic Stress and you may not even know it.
How to talk to your children about it
Be ready to answer questions. There are children's books and videos on You Tube for children. Television will be recapping. Limit their exposure to the towers collapsing. Be open if they want to talk to you about it. Maybe have a special conversation at dinner or bedtime about appreciation of our country and supporting each other even if we may seem different from each other. Helping each other---doing some kind of volunteer work in your community or with those less fortunate could be a great way for your family to remember the anniversary.
Courtesy: Dr. Matthew Clark, The Clark Institute