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March 24, 2008

FOS11 Chat Program Online Community Support Group
Films that Inspire – Lessons Learned from “Reel” Life

Have you ever left a movie theatre feeling inspired and uplifted? Or watch a DVD that emotionally moves, motivates, heartens and heals you? Films are an example of how art imitates life.  They allow us to make connections between a character’s “reel” life and our experiences in real life. The transformational power of film can stir or move us to reflect on our own life experiences and inspire us to do things we didn’t think we could do. The staying power of those messages bring us together to talk about the important issues in life – as we gather for coffee after the cinema or pizza in front of the TV or on blogs or at the water cooler. Movies can also be a powerful catalyst for healing and growth. It is a great self-care strategy which can make us feel good and provide relief.

AFI lists “It’s a Wonderful Life” as the most inspiring movie of all time. What movies have inspired you?  This chat session will provide an opportunity to share and talk about the movies that have affected our lives and what it means to us as well as how these films have been helpful in our healing process. It is the conversation inspired by the film that brings us to the next level in our own development-emotionally, socially and spiritually. Please join us for this discussion on Tuesday, March 25th, 7:45 PM EST. The chat will start at 8:00 PM promptly.

This online chat session will provide 9/11 victims' families, survivors, first responders, and others affected by the attacks at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and Shanksville the opportunity to discuss issues and topics of importance in a safe, supportive environment. As a reminder, all participants must be FOS11 members (click here to learn about membership). Dr. Donna Gaffney, a licensed mental health professional and noted trauma specialist, will facilitate the chat. 

To enroll, click the link and follow the directions below.

For directions using the actual screens you will see when you enroll, click here. When you click on the link above to enroll you will then:

  • First use your FOS11 membership username and password to get to the chat registration (if you don’t know your membership information, you may retrieve it or re-register by clicking here.)
  • Then, create a specific chat name and password for this chat.  Your chat name and password should use only letters - do not use numbers or symbols.  You can re-use your chat name and password for subsequent chats. 
  • A few minutes later you will receive a confirmation email that you are enrolled which also includes the link to use on the day of the chat, to get into the chat.

On the day of the chat:

  • Log-in to the chat 15 minutes before the chat is scheduled to begin.  Click on the link that was sent in the email (mentioned above).  Be sure to use your FOS11 membership username and password and your chat name and password when prompted.
  • Your computer may then prompt you to install Java.  You need an upgraded version of JAVA to participate in the chat.  Allow the chat interface to direct you to the upgrade, then you click "yes" to upgrade, and the JAVA wizard will walk you through the process.  It may take a few minutes, but it is not difficult.
  • If you experience any problems during this process, call (212) 575-1878 or email chathelp@familiesofseptember11.org and describe the issue you are having and give us your contact information, so we can help you through the log-in.

Please forward this email to others who you think might like to participate. To register as a member with Families of September 11, please visit:
Membership is free and open to 9/11 families, survivors, first responders and others interested in supporting our mission.