(Designed to be used to reflect upon the
events of the Attack on America--September 11, 2001)
Please use the following questions as
prompts or thought provokers to write out the facts, and the
thoughts, feelings, emotions you experienced during and in the
subsequent days following Tuesday's tragedy. It is not necessary
to answer any or all of them. Just select from them what might help you
tell the story of this time in our lives. See also the abbreviated
outline at the end, which may be easier for you or for others to
use. The important thing is to capture on paper a record of your
reactions before time dims our memories.
- Where were you and what were
you doing when you first heard the news of the Attack
on America, Sept. 11, 2001?
- What were your first thoughts
and feelings upon hearing the news? (Amazement,
disbelief, horror, sadness, anger, other.) What were the
first things you commented on?
- What were you wearing, what
kind of food did you eat, were the kids at school, how
old were you and your family members, what kinds of jobs did
you have to do that day, etc.?
- How did your thoughts change
as you watched it unfold?
- Where were your family members
and other close friends or relatives at the time?
- How did you connect with your
family and friends to reassure yourself of their
safety and well being?
- How has this affected your
feelings of personal safety and security? Now and for
- What kinds of coping
mechanisms did you observe from yourself and close
family and friends? (Sit and watch TV24/7, get back to work,
unable to work, guilty, sad, depressed, etc.)
- How have your personal beliefs
or religion helped you during this time?
- Has this event rekindled or
strengthened your feelings of patriotism?
- Did you participate in any
group functions and/or the National Day of Prayer and
Remembrance and if so, what did you do?
- How has this impacted on your
views regarding other cultures, religions, ethnic
groups, humanity, etc.?
- Did you perceive a difference
in the people you met in public places? (More
friendly, more fearful, no noticeable change, etc.)
- How do you feel about civil
liberties vs. the curtailment of some of the freedoms
we have taken for granted in the USA to date?
- Does your frame of reference
include feelings of forgiveness, retribution, revenge,
or other thoughts regarding the perpetrators of the
- What visual images will
stay with you for a long time?
- What message would you want to
write to your children and future generations as a
result of this experience?
- How has this event changed
what is important to you?
AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH:
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I first heard the news
of the attack on the
World Trade Towers in New York City as I was . . . . .
My first reaction was one of . . . . .
After I realized what had happened, the first
thing I did was . . . . .
As the events unfolded, I began to feel . . . . .
The first loved ones I thought of were . . . . .
And I tried to contact . . . . .
I found myself coping by . . . . .
The visual images that will stay with me are . . .
The most important thing that has come out of this
tragedy for me is . . . . .
** Compiled by Creative
Memories Exec. Director Vicki Morgan, September, 2001 . . . . .
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