Most of us remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard about a plane crashing into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Eighteen minutes later, before we could process what had just happened, we watched in horror as it happened again to the South Tower. Then only thirty-seven minutes later another plane crashed into the Pentagon, twenty-two minutes after that the South Tower collapsed, and four minutes later a plane a crash landed in a Pennsylvania field. Twenty-five minutes after that the North Tower collapsed. The incomprehensible, horrific catastrophe took just 102 minutes (one hour and forty-two minutes). Seventeen years later, many still live the nightmare.
CNN.com reports as of July 2018, that according to the medical examiner’s office 1,642 (or 60%) of 2,753 WTC victims’ remains have been positively identified. Ten-thousand others were injured, several critically. The death toll continues to rise among first responders who died from inhaling the toxic smoke and ash at Ground Zero.
I am devoting two shows on A Fine Time for Healing to the commemoration of all who were lost or injured on September 11, 2001 and their families. These shows will focus on turning tragedy and loss into something positive, and how to get your life back after experiencing life altering traumas. Both guests are inspiring women who were directly impacted by the 9/11 tragedy, but in very different ways.
You can either tune in live at 11am ET or listen to the recorded versions any time after they air by clicking on the links provided below. I do hope you will take the time to hear what these amazing ladies have to say.
September 11, 2018 – Grieving Losses with 9/11 Ground Zero Therapist Edy Nathan
Today is September 11th. Seventeen years after the 9/11 tragedy that impacted the lives of every American in some way, it’s important to realize that thousands who were directly affected by this darkest of days are still carrying an unimaginable burden of grief day after day. Today’s special guest, world renowned grief psychotherapist Edy Nathan, LCSWR, was one of the only women therapists at ground zero where she was called upon to apply all of her skills to negotiate the ocean of hopelessness, loss and destruction. According to Nathan, everyone’s experience of trauma, abuse, or the loss of a loved one is as unique as a fingerprint, and in truth, you never really get over the resulting grief but learn to integrate it into your life. In Edy Nathan’s newly published book It’s Grief: The Dance of Self-Discovery Through Trauma and Loss she says grief, trauma and loss can strike in a moment, today, or from a long past memory retrieved—and disrupt the norms in every part of your life. Her practical insights can help you get your life back.
September 13, 2018 – The Light in 9/11 with September Eleventh Widow Lisa Luckett
Entrepreneur, mother, and 9/11 widow Lisa Luckett was one of thousands whose life was forever-altered that fateful day. With the clarity that only comes with time and distance, Luckett discovered the resiliency and beauty of the human spirit and vowed to not allow her husband’s death to be in vain by making something positive rise from the ashes of this tragic nightmare. With a warrior’s will, Lisa Luckett took the opportunity to reframe her struggle and pain into a fast track for personal growth and positive change for herself and for her young family. As a 9/11 widow and breast cancer survivor, Luckett knows the value of life’s struggles and sees the silver lining in every situation and wants to show others how to fight for emotional stability and mental health. From her enlightened understanding, Luckett is living her life head-on, displaying her now mantra, “Choose Courage.” For the past 15 years, Lisa Luckett has extensively studied and analyzed the human condition from macro to micro, local to global, personal to cultural. She brings her vast life experience and the wisdom gained from delving in and dissecting personal traumas, events, and life-situations to better understand her world and the people in it. Luckett is the Founder of Cozmeena Enlightened Living – a brand of kindness. Cozmeena is a lifestyle brand and social movement based on the foundational elements of warmth, comfort, care, consideration, grace, and decency. The Light in 9/11: Shocked by Kindness, Healed by Love is her first book.