Voices Center for Resilience is pleased to announce our February programs. This month we are launching several new offerings that promote our theme of Building Resilient Communities.
We are thrilled to introduce our Meet the Author series, beginning with New York Times Bestselling Author, and Chair of VOICES Board of Directors, Bonnie McEneaney McNamara, who will discuss her book, Messages: Signs, Visits and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11.
Our staff is also broadening our support programs to include Bereavement Support Groups for individuals who have lost a loved one in the last 3 years.
In addition, VOICES is expanding our 9/11 Living Memorial Project, to commemorate the lives of the thousands of survivors and responders who have died of 9/11 related illnesses.
As many of us prepare for snow and winter weather this weekend in the Northeast, we hope this newsletter finds you all safe and warm at home! We also hope you will join in our programs throughout the month of February – all are free and registration is required.
Meet the Author: Bonnie McEneaney McNamara
Monday, February 28 - 7:00pm EST
Join us on Monday, February 28, for an exciting conversation with New York Times Bestselling Author, Bonnie McEneaney McNamara, as she discusses her book, Messages: Signs, Visits and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11.
As a mother and former business executive, Bonnie was always skeptical of the spiritual world and all that it represents. When her husband, Eamon, died in the attacks on the World Trade Bonnie began to have experiences that convinced her that her husband, in spirit, was sending her signs-indeed messages-that he was still present and watching over his family. After talking to hundreds of other families and friends of loved ones lost on 9/11, she realized she was not alone.
In Messages, Bonnie shares the miraculous spiritual stories of numerous others connected to the tragedy while weaving in her heartfelt personal message of comfort and hope. For all who are searching for inner peace after the loss of a loved one, this extraordinary book is indispensable proof that love and connection can continue… even after death.
Participants will be invited to ask questions after Bonnie's presentation.
Bereavement Groups for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One in the Past 3 Years
Groups will be held on the following Thursdays:
February 10, February 24, March 3, March 17, March 31, and April 7
12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
On Thursday, February 10, VOICES is beginning a series of bereavement support groups for individuals who have lost a loved one in the past 3 years. The groups are facilitated by VOICES clinical staff, and are held bi-monthly.
Bereavement groups allow members to share their struggles with others who have experienced a similar loss. The support of group members, and knowing you are not alone with your thoughts and feelings, can provide hope, healing and a path forward.
Individuals are encouraged to participate in all 6 sessions. Participation is free and registration is required. Space is limited.
9/11 Living Memorial Workshop
Commemorating the lives of those who have died of 9/11 related illnesses
Wednesday, February 16 - 12:00pm EST
In the aftermath of September 11, VOICES created the Living Memorial Project, a digital archive documenting the lives of those lost through a collection of over 87,000 photographs provided by their families. Today, VOICES is expanding the Living Memorial to commemorate the lives of the thousands of responders and survivors who have died since, of 9/11-related illnesses.
Join us on Wednesday, February 16 at 12:00pm for a virtual Living Memorial workshop, to learn how your family can create an online tribute to commemorate your loved ones memory in a meaningful way. VOICES staff will discuss the project and demonstrate the process of selecting photographs to tell their story and preserve their memory for future generations. Family members of responders and survivors who have died of 9/11-related illnesses are invited to attend. Participation is free and registration is required.
To learn about the Living Memorial visit 911livingmemorial.org.
Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
Wednesday, February 23 - 12:00pm EST
Join us on Wednesday, February 23 at Noon for the second in a monthly series on Building Personal and Community Resilience. In this workshop, participants will learn about mindfulness and self-compassion, and how to use them as tools to become more present, treat themselves with kindness and compassion, and handle emotions with greater ease.
This series was facilitated by Katherine Manners and Carolina Bautista-Velez, OVC consultants, two of the foremost authorities with decades of experience in trauma-informed practices to promote resilience.
Following the video replay, participants will engage in a live discussion facilitated by VOICES staff.
Peer Support Groups for the 9/11 Community
VOICES is hosting a series of Peer Support Groups to provide a safe place for 9/11 community members to connect with one another, discuss your shared experience and acquire skills to build resilience.
Groups are led by VOICES clinical staff and co-facilitated by peers to ensure the conversation is supportive and helpful to all. Meetings are scheduled bi-monthly, and participants are invited to attend one or all of the sessions. Participation is free and registration is required. All sessions are from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.
Mondays, January 24; February 7, 21; March 7, 21 - Register
Tuesdays, January 25; February 8, 22; March 8, 22 - Register
Recent articles of relevance to the 9/11 community: