Saturday, September 10, 2011

9/11 - FACING DEATH AND GRIEF


         I can still remember those frightening moments when my twin sister and I stood in front of the television watching the horrible situation that unfolded on September 11, 2001.  So many persons knew individuals who died or families, friends or acquaintances who suffered the loss of a family member or friend.  The loss of a loved one is a very difficult experience to handle and especially when he/she departs in a terrorist attack or suddenly. 
  
        Recently I learnt that of the nearly 3,000 persons who were killed about 46 were one of twins. I understand that a documentary titled 'The Twins Of The Twin Towers' will be shown on this anniversary that explores the personal stories of twins who were left twinless. According to the link "The film delves into the unique connection these brave siblings shared and the process they have endured for dealing with their devastating loss and moving forward with their lives."  The movie produced by BBC Wales was directed and produced by Olivia Lichtenstein and executive produced by Tim Green.


         It is very difficult to find words that comfort those who grieve the loss of a loved one especially in a situation as 9/11. However I would like to share these words that I have found comforting since the loss of my twin sister:-


         "Those we love don't go away,
          They walk beside us every day,
          Unseen, unheard but always near.
          Still loved, still missed and very dear." 
  
P.S. Update 2 p.m. Sunday, September 11. I listened to the midday news on one of our radio stations  and it was stated that about 16 Jamaicans died. This tragedy certainly touched the world.

42 comments:

Debs Dealz said...

As I read your blog I pray that God blesses you and eases your pain...

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Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Debs,
Thanks for your comments and becoming a Follower of my Blog. I have also become a Follower of your Blog and become a fan on FB. As soon as I get my button sorted out I will exchange it with you. Take care and God Bless!
Judy

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

It is hard to believe that 10 years have gone by. Crazy. That sounds like a really good documentary as well. Thanks for sharing about it.

I hope you enjoy your Sunday and a new week.

Blessings,
LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi LaVonne,
Time really flies! It is hard to believe that it is 10 years already. The whole world was affected by this tragedy. The documentary should be quite enlightening. A good Sunday and week to you also. Take care.
Judy

Veronica Lee said...

I'm sending you lots of hugs and praying that God eases your pain.

Blessings!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Veronica. I truly appreciate it. My best wishes to you and your family. God Bless.

Michelle said...

I can't imagine what it would be like to lose my sister. And being a twin, it must have been even harder, since twins share such a unique bond. I can't believe there were 40 something twins who passed away in the towers! That's a lot. Love the poem. And thanks for stopping by the Sit and Relax weekend hop.
Michelle
Heartfelt Balance Handmade Life

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Michelle,
Thanks for your comments. I was also surprised to see that there were as many twins affected by this horrible event. The link to the documentary shared this amazing information. It was really a sad day and it has affected the whole world. My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their loved ones. Take care and my best wishes to you and your family.
Judy

Kim T. said...

Wow that sounds like a very interesting documentary. I can only imagine the bond twins share and the grief they have to overcome when losing their other half.

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Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Kim. This documentary should really be enlightening. Twins have a very strong bond that starts in the womb. I will definitely become a Follower of your Blog. Take care and all the best to you.
Judy

Katherines Corner said...

Biggest hugs, 9-11 forever in our hearts xo

Judy Haughton-James said...

Lots of Hugs to you also Katherine. May God be with all those who grieve on this 9/11 anniversary.

Teresa said...

Hi there, I have twin boys who are nineteen and are best friends. I am sooo very sorry for your loss and yes, the poem does speak well about losing a loved one. I am a new follower of yours! Teresa from NanaHood.com

Grandma Bonnie said...

I will always remember those we lost.
New follower from the Weekend blog hop. Hope you stop by for a visit. http://grandmabonniescloset.blogspot.com/

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Teresa,
Thanks for becoming a new Follower of my Blog and your comments. I am truly grateful. It is wonderful that you have twin sons and I wish them many, many, happy years of twinship! There is such a strong bong between twins. Take care and have a good week.
Judy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Grandma Bonnie,
Thanks for becoming a Follower of my Blog. I will definitely visit your Blog. Those who have died will never be forgotten. Take care and have a good week.
Judy

MSRheinlander @KUWTR said...

Thanks for stopping by KUWTR. I remember 9/11 like it was happening this morning! Thanks for letting us know about the documentary, that will be interesting to watch!

Maria said...

Those are beautiful words to remember, judy.
You always write such touching posts.
You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Wishing you a sweet Sunday!
Xo
Maria

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks so much Maria! You have certainly helped to brighten my day. God Bless and lots of love coming all the way from Jamaica.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you so much for visiting MSRheinlander and writing these comments. Take care and have a good week.

Ohio Outdoors said...

Very nice post and memorial. Loss is hard to deal with under any circumstances.
Ohio Outdoors

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Ohio Outdoors. You are so right, death certainly isn't the easiest thing to deal with. I pray for strength every day. I hope those who lose loved ones know that they are not alone and others are thinking of them. Take care and have a good week.

baterya said...

time really does pass by fast... its like this incident still just happened. Even if it s already 10 years, its impact on the hearts of the people are still felt all over the world.

Have a nice day judy,.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi baterya,
9/11 has had a far reaching impact on the whole world. I pray something like this never happens again. Take care and have a good week.
Judy

Mandi said...

Nice post about this tragic day 10 years ago. So many people were affected in so many different ways. That documentary you mentioned sounds amazingly touching.

I hope you've had a blessed weekend. Thanks for the follow, and returning the favor.

Mandi
Smile and Mama With Me

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Mandi, Have a good week.God Bless!

Mom Fashion World said...

I got teary eyed while watching the video of 9/11.
It's really so heartbreaking. My prayers to all victims and their family.

barewood said...

I found your blog at Twinpossible's blog hop. I used to live in Jamaica, out inna de bush - LOL! I lived on a farm just at the border of Clarendon and St. Catherine. I was a foreigner and am back in the U.S. now. I have infant identical twin sons and am so touched by your remembrances. I can only hope that my boys can have the kind of relationship you and your sister had (still have!). Do you still live in Ja? I love the photos of you and your sister and of Jamaica. You are both so beautiful. Much love!

Judy Haughton-James said...

A really sad thing to have happened Mom Fashion World. My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones. Take care and have a good week.

Vivian said...

Thank you for sharing the link. I really want to see that documentary. Well you know what I believe...and you will see your sister again someday.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hello there barewood,
Thanks for visiting my Blog and thanks a lot for your comments. I live on a farm in the rural area of St. Mary! So we have a lot in common!:) Wow! It is great that you have twin sons. I wish them a very long life and a wonderful time being twins. Take very good care and my best wishes to you and your family.
Judy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Vivian,
I really believe that I will see my sister again. I just read a post by a twinless twin in the Twinless Twins Facebook group who said she watched the documnetary. She does not live in Jamaica. I am sure it was enlightening. To be honest I would be a bit scared to watch it but I would like to see a written report of some of the facts that it revealed. Take care and have a good week.
Judy

Working Mommy said...

I have never had a sibling, but my children are very close. Granted they are only 2 and 8 months, but I can only imagine how they would act if the other was gone for whatever reason. They share a room and play with each other all the time...so I'm sure it would very difficult for them both.

WM

Deniz said...

hi! happy days!:)
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Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Deniz,
Thanks! Happy days are always welcome! I do a lot to achieve it even when it is difficult!
Judy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Working Mom,
It is great that your children get along well. I wish them a long and happy life together. Have a good week.
Judy

Stephanie of Gumdrop Pass said...

Thank you for sharing. I've been reading SO many blogs today about 9/11. It is hard to do, because of the sadness of that day, but I love learning about others and how they experienced the event and what it has done to changed their lives... :)

And I love the quote you included:

"Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard but always near.
Still loved, still missed and very dear."

Again, thanks for sharing!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Stephanie! I am glad you like the quote. 9/11 affected the world. Some 16 Jamaicans died. Yesterday I heard a talk show with some Jamaicans telling about their experiences and how they escaped and it must have been so frightening. I hope something like this never happens again. Take care.
Judy

Shyxter said...

Hi Judy! I am very sorry for your loss. It must have been hard for you. May God bless you and your family always.

Your site is very nice. I will be liking and following you now =)

Shyxter
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Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Shyxter,
Thank you so much for your comments and becoming a Follower of my Blog. You have a great Blog!Take care and all the best to you.
Judy

Robyn Rasmussen said...

I was touched by this post and this blog for that matter. I can't even imagine what it must be like to loose a sibling, especially a twin. I hear that there is a bond with a twin like nothing else. Thank you for following my blog. ..I am now following yours too!
-Robyn from http://www.tipsfromotheheart.blogspot.com

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you so much for becoming a Follower and writing these comments Robyn! It has been difficult for me but I try in every way to lift my spirit. Take care and have a good week.
Judy

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