Personal Strategies for Approaching the 20th Remembrance of September 11th
August 20, 2021
As we approach the 20th remembrance of the events of September 11th, many of us will begin to plan how we’ll recognize this day.
The remembrance of the events of that day offer an opportunity to acknowledge our memories and experiences, to connect with others who share in them, and to pay tribute in our individual and collective journeys. They can also serve as personal and professional milestones of our healing and resiliency.
For some, September 11th will be marked with private personal gestures such as observing a moment of silence, spending quiet time reflecting, or dedicating our flying to our profession. For others, it will be marked with collective activities such as ceremonies and memorial services.
There is no right way or better way to recognize this 20th remembrance; but there are some suggestions from AFA EAP that may prove helpful as we approach the milestone remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001.
- Observe the day in a way that is comfortable for you. Say no to events or activities that you sense may flood you with too many feelings. Find more gentle ways to honor the remembrance of the events of the day.
- Do not compare yourself to how others around you who may appear to be dealing with the memories of September 11th in a “better” or different way.
- Acknowledge that we all heal at different rates, in different ways, and with different outcomes.
- Give yourself permission and time to be affected. Though uncomfortable, anticipate, and plan for having a stress reaction as the date of the event approaches. Trust that if you have moments of difficulty, you will be able to pull yourself back together.
- Try not to isolate yourself. Pre-plan now to be with people if you know you have this tendency.
However, you choose to structure your day this September 11th or however it just naturally unfolds, please remember that your AFA EAP Committee representatives welcome being a part of it.
If you or a flying partner needs a confidential ear, please call us at 1-800-424-2406 or find your Local Council EAP representatives’ contact information at unitedafa.org.