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May 13, 2004

Dear Member:

Families of September 11 has been consulting with Dr. Yuval Neria of Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute on a five-year, web-based, national study also sponsored by the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder on the effects of public trauma and grief as it relates to the events of September 11, 2001.

It is hoped that this study will enable researchers and mental health professionals understand how best to respond to the needs of people who have lost a family member, close friend or colleague as a result of the September 11th attacks.

We anticipate that the results of this survey will promote a critical change in attitudes and responses to traumatic grief. 

This dedicated team has worked hard, collaborating with members of our Board of Directors, to make the questions as straightforward and sensitive to our circumstances as possible. Our members constitute a vital resource.  It is extremely important that each of you commits time and emotional energy needed to complete this important research. 

The first survey will be activated during the six-week period between May 13 and June 30, 2004.  The survey will use state-of-the-art encryption technology to ensure confidentiality.  Once you register to respond to the questions, you will have a seven day period to complete the survey.  For example, if you log in to participate in the survey on May 15th, you must finish registering your responses by May 22nd. Note that it will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete the survey.

There will be follow-up surveys in the next four years to complete this in-depth longitudinal study of traumatic grief.  FOS11 will continue to update our members about the study. 

We owe it to those who come after us into this difficult place of grief to participate in this service to promote a better understanding of the relationships between trauma and grief. 

Your feedback and suggestions regarding the survey are welcome and important to the study.  If you have questions about the study or the survey, please contact Dr. Yuval Neria at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at 212-543-5367 or by email at ny126@columbia.edu.

To learn more and log on to complete the survey, please click here: http://www.9-11survey.org

Thank you for your time and consideration.  For general information about FOS11, you can contact us at 212-575-1878 or by email at info@familiesofseptember11.org.

Take care,

Nikki Stern, Executive Director