September 11, 2001 is forever written on the hearts and minds of the world. Not just Americans, but our global community was affected by the events of that day. Like many others, I find myself reflecting now, 10 years later, on what the events have meant to me.

9/11 carried and still holds layers of grief of all kinds…for individuals, families, communities, businesses, and our nation and the world. And like all grief; the experiences of 9/11 reach across the span of these 10 years. Each individual’s own reflections on 9/11 are also part of our collective consciousness…what we hold internally and lift up externally in hope and prayer for a better world.

On that day 10 years ago, I drove across the Hill Country of Texas towards home astonished and aching over the events of the day. I was moved to tears that the route I had traveled in the morning had become something completely different in the afternoon; a long rural parade of American flags hung from fence posts, gates, mail boxes and throughout the small towns I traveled. Grief expressed in solidarity. I felt that I would always remember this.

From global grief to the very personal losses of everyday living between that day and this, there are opportunities to stay present, authentically grieve and grow from our experiences. One way to support your own process is through writing. Here are three writing prompts you may take to paper or keyboard in order to engage in your reflections about 9/11 or any grief that weighs upon your heart. If none of these prompts elicits a response, follow your own muse.

  • Write the story of your own grief journey on this day. What marks your process? What healing is being revealed to you?
  • What did 9/11 awaken in you 10 years ago that you find evidenced in how you live, play or work today?
  • Write a letter to yourself on that day describing what you know now…tell yourself about the blessings that have come from losses in your life since 9/11.

Peace be with you,

Deb Buehler