In Tribute of September 11, 2001

September 11, 2019

Today, September 11, Sustained Quality remembers terrorists took aim against the United States. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused billions in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people have died of September 11-related cancers and respiratory diseases in the months and years since the attacks.

A time for reflection. A time to remember loved ones past and present. A time to strengthen foundations.

Much was lost that September 11, eighteen years ago. However, Americans stood up and demonstrated their resilient character.  The inspirational outpouring of charity was unprecedented.

Reflect and be inspired by the strength in others. In tribute of September 11, pay it forward. Whether it be a random act of kindness, volunteering or donating to charity or recent hurricane victims, show the attackers of September 11 that their actions empowered the American spirit.

Pay it Forward Suggestions:

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund – Education assistance for post-secondary study to financially needy dependents of those people killed or permanently disabled as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and during the rescue activities relating to those attacks.

American Red Cross – Hurricane Dorian Relief.

Volunteer Match – Find a volunteer opportunity in your area.

Random Acts of Kindness – It does not need to cost money.

  • Give up a seat to someone.
  • Open a door.
  • Write a letter to someone just because.
  • Visit a nursing home.
  • Give a stranger a compliment.
  • Offer to return someone’s shopping cart.
  • Bring a co-worker a cup of coffee.
  • Smile.

As mass events of violence are becoming more prevalent in our society, we need to be aware of the effects of traumatic grief. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with traumatic grief, ask for help. There is no need to suffer in silence – physically, mentally, socially or spiritually. Remember that reaching out for assistance is not a sign of weakness.

Find Support:

Grief Share – Worldwide directory of support groups for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. (Grief Share)

Resources – Support in the U.S. for adults and kids grieving a loss. (Hello Grief)

Find Support – Directory of programs and support groups in the U.S. for children experiencing grief and loss. (National Alliance for Grieving Children)

Chapter Locator for finding help for grieving the loss of a child in the U.S. and International Support for finding help in other countries. (The Compassionate Friends)

If you are feeling suicidal, seek help immediately. Please read Suicide Help, talk to someone you trust, or call a suicide helpline:

  • In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255.
  • In the UK, call 08457 90 90 90.
  • In Australia, call 13 11 14.
  • Or visit IASP to find a helpline in your country.

We must never forget September 11, 2001. May God bless you and keep you safe.

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