The 10th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks is approaching and children may understandably experience some anxiety remembering tragedy, personal loss, or when wondering about ongoing national security.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says the 9/11 anniversary can be a time to reflect on peace and reassure children their families, schools and government officials work to keep them safe.
“Kids are resilient. But the adults in their lives need to be aware that at times like these, children and teens may have questions or need help processing their feelings,” said Steven Krug, MD, FAAP, Chair of the AAP’s Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council, “When reacting to or remembering disasters, children should be encouraged to take positive actions, and should be included in conversations about how we not only should prepare for adversity, but how we can learn from it and make things better.”
In Rhode Island, the Diocese of Providence plans to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks with a Mass of Remembrance and Blessing on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul in Providence. All are invited to attend.
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