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December 23, 2003

Dear FOS11 Member:

In the past month FOS11 has sent you a few action alerts requesting your feedback about effective support groups and mental health outlets in your area.  The response has been extremely positive, and the FOS11 New York office has been able to connect family members with resources they were unfamiliar with prior to the request. 

Below, please view member feedback to the email, written in blue.  Specific group support is listed as well as grief resources (One family member has written a book on grief to help children heal! – See below)

There are family members, however, who have written and are still looking for support in their area of the country.  Please review the list and let us know of any additional resources you know in those areas.  Email us directly at http://www.info@familiesofseptember11.org.  Thank you for your ongoing support.  

FOS11 Family Members are still looking for additional support groups in:
California
San Francisco Bay Area

In response to the San Francisco family member, we received the following email from a FOS11 member:  In addition to the dozen’s of “Healing Your Life After the Loss of a Loved One” workshops and trainings (given at the WTC Family Recovery and Bereavement Center), and support groups we started in the NY area, our Families Helping Families Program has been facilitating free, monthly “9/11 Support Groups” for many families in California.  We also have CD Rom tools (focused on Healing) for family members as well.  Please visit http://jennadruck.org or call Ken Druck at 619-294-8000 for more information.

New York
Long Island

Albany

Syracuse
I lost my brother and his son aboard UA 175.  Do you know of any support groups or services around Syracuse?

Delaware
For family members in Delaware, please consider the following email response from a FOS11 member: There are five of us that meet at each others’ houses about once a month.  We would welcome any other September 11th widows that would like to join us.  We are located in Montgomery County, MD.  One member of our group lives in Virginia.  To learn more, let FOS11 know you are interested in joining this group. Email FOS11 at http://www.info@familiesofseptember11.org and write “Maryland Support Group” in the subject line.  We will connect you to this group.

Florida
For family members in Florida, please consider the following email response from a FOS11 member: There are 3 family members in the immediate area of Fort Lauderdale.  We know there are others.  A few months back there were about 8-13 family members from the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.  Maybe we could organize families as far north as Jacksonville/Orlando to as far south as Miami to meet once a month or every 3 weeks in a central location, like West Palm Beach.  To learn more, let FOS11 know you are interested in joining this group.  Email FOS11 at http://www.info@familiesofseptember11.org and write “Florida Support Group” in the subject line.  We will connect you to this group. 

Boca Raton

Port St. Lucie
There are no groups near me in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  I have contacted and have been in email contact with a volunteer from ACCESS which has been helpful.  Otherwise, assistance is no where to be found.  Please help.

Jacksonville
I would love to find a support group in Jacksonville, FL.  If you could request information from other members (in Florida or with a connection to Florida) as well I would appreciate it.

Missouri
Kansas City
I am interested in support groups in the Kansas City area.  I am not aware of any for 9/11 families.  Thanks.

If you have any recommendations for 9/11 support groups in these areas of the country, please email us at http://www.info@familiesofseptember11.org as soon as possible.  We hope to continue connecting families with resources, and your help is imperative to this effort.  Send us more input - we will continue expanding this list and share it with all of you.  Let us keep reaching out to other families - especially at this time of year. 

Montana
With regard to the families in other geographic areas looking for support, I have encountered a similar feeling of being “out of touch” due to the fact that I live in Montana.  While my state is not close to the families listed, I would like to offer a suggestion that perhaps a family might be willing to share their contact information with someone in a similar situation (living far away).  I know that I would welcome contact with similar family in another faraway location.  We truly understand what that feels like to be “out of the loop,” so to speak. 

If you would like to connect with other family members, please email us and let us know.  FOS11 is developing a chat group program that will connect you and your families with others in a similar situation.  For example, if you are a sibling in Florida seeking communication with other siblings in the southern US, we will organize a chat discussion among all interested participants.  Let us know if you would like to join an online discussion.  Email us at http://info@familiesofseptember11.org and write “Chat Group” in the subject line.  We will follow up with you.

GENERAL FAMILY SUPPORT
There is an email group at http://www.griefnet.org for anyone who has experienced loss.  “I have been a member of a group for over a year now and it has been wonderful.  I belong to an e-mail group for parents who have lost adult children.  There are groups for spouses, siblings, friends, etc.  I send and receive e-mail every day from parents who have lost their adult children.  I am the only 9/11 mom in the group right now, but I highly recommend it for anyone who has lost a loved one.  There is nothing like sharing feelings safely with people who know how it is.

Bill Doyle - Resource Contact - (718) 948-2538
http://www.joeydoyle.com

I am a 9/11 widow and mother of three.  I have written a book called What Children Need When They Grieve: The Four Essentials: Routine, Love, Honesty and Security.  The book will be released in April 2004. In addition to my book, I have created a website at http://www.juliawilcoxathkey.com.  The website not only explains a little bit about the book, but also has links to some great mental health resources and online grief websites that have online support groups.  One grief website is designed specifically for children by children.  I would encourage people looking for support to take a look at the resources listed as they may be of some assistance.