The Role of Disaster Memorials
When tragedy strikes a community or the nation, part of the healing process can include paying tribute to the victims, survivors, and first responders. Over the past few decades, permanent memorials or annual events have become important parts of the recovery phase following terrorist attacks or incidents of mass violence.
This issue of The Dialogue from SAMHSA's Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) seeks to understand the role of memorials in individual and community healing by exploring several memorials across the country. Through photos and words, the contributors to this edition share how the memorial came to be and how it has affected them and their communities.
Do you have a story about visiting a memorial dedicated to the victims of a natural or manmade disaster? Were you involved in planning a disaster memorial? Please share your experience via email to DTAC@samhsa.hhs.gov. We'll print selected reader comments in a future edition of The Dialogue.
United Flight 93: A Field of Honor Forever
The memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, is the only 9/11 attack site that is part of the National Park Service, which works to preserve and protect this sacred place for future generations.
Oklahoma City: Run To Remember
The annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon honors the 168 lives lost in the attack on the Murrah Federal Building, the hundreds injured, and the forever-changed hearts of first responders.
Virginia Tech: The Courage To Move Forward
In the hours following the Virginia Tech shooting, the student-driven volunteer organization Hokies United placed 32 Hokie Stones in a semicircle on the Drillfield. The permanent memorial sits on the same spot, a symbol of a promise that the campus and the nation will always remember, and never forget.
Catherine's Heart: Helping Communities Grow in Compassion
Out of the pain of the Sandy Hook tragedy, one family creates love and hope through an animal sanctuary that honors the daughter they lost.
This webcast informs disaster behavioral health professionals about the psychological responses to mass violence and suggests strategies and interventions to provide immediate support and mitigate long-term, negative mental health consequences.
This installment of SAMHSA's Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) presents resources for a variety of audiences about how to cope with the aftermath of a terrorist incident.
This tip sheet offers ways people can cope with sheltering in place. It explains reactions people often feel when sheltering in place and suggests ways to care for oneself and the family, such as making a plan and staying connected. The tip sheet is also available in Spanish.