WSJ Remembering 9/11

Peggy Noonan:

It is eight years since 9/11, and here is an unexpected stage of grief: fear that the ache will go away. I don’t suppose it ever will, but grieving has gradations, and “horror” becomes “absorbed sadness.” Life moves on, and wants to move on, which is painful for those who will not forget and cannot be comforted. Part of the spookiness of life, part of its power to disorient us, is not only that people die, that they slip below the waves, but that the waves close above them so quickly, the sea so quickly looks the same.

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  1. Steve Smith

    The closing statement is a brilliant depiction of the grieving process. Emotional detachment is difficult to overcome after a traumatic experience.

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