iVillage Message Boards After 9/11 -- Then & Now

Read what iVillage members had to say about 9/11 then and now. Plus, read more poignant stories and watch videos in remembrance of the 10th anniversary.

Then: iVillage member Mindy was thinking of her missing colleague
Please keep the family of my former co-worker Frank Pershep in your thoughts. This morning I saw his name and picture on one of the Missing Posters featured on the news. He was a kind and wonderful man and I am just devastated that he is gone.

Thank you. Keeping all of you who have lost friends and family in my heart & thoughts today.

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Now: Her coworker is often on her mind
I still think of my co-worker and his family. He left for work, in the insurance industry (like my own husband) and had no idea what was in store for him. I’m sure that even if the voice came out of the sky that morning and told him he’d be dead before the end of the day, he’d never have imagined the end he met. While I think it is so important to remember the people who died that day, and what that meant to our country, I have trouble with the separation of people who were personally affected by losing someone they knew, and those who were not affected in that way. I’m sure that someone who lost a family member and my loss is not comparable. However, when people send all of these cutesy “Remember 9/11” email forwards, it is upsetting. They are trying to feel a connection to one another, and to the emotions involved, but they did not actually ever go to lunch with, or get a birthday card from, a person who died on that day, and it feels very fake.
--Mindy

Next: Community leader Marti urged unity

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