Commemorating September 11: A Response from the Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth

As the school year begins and as we as a State continue our recovery from Hurricane Irene, it is important we make note of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the possible affects this will have on our communities. The range of emotions will vary from classroom to classroom as youth and teachers negotiate their emotions toward the terrifying attacks of 9/11. The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program (TLC) acknowledges while "some of the youth in the classrooms around the State will be old enough to remember the attacks, some will have been personally affected by losing family members and family friends, and others will not have yet been born when the attacks occurred", the events of 9/11 impact many; thus helpful hints and resources to help people deal with a range of feelings, memories, and questions are important as this commemorative date approaches.

Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program (TLC) shares three documents that contain tips, suggestions, and discussion points for educators and parents. It is our hope these resources will provide practical information as youth and families navigate through the "shoals of remembering the fallen and honoring the brave who were integral to our country's" response to the trauma of 9/11. Please feel free to share these resources with anyone who would benefit from them.

These resources can be found on our 'Related Links' section of our website - http://www.state.nj.us/education/schools/security/links/tss.htm