Ten Years Later: Closure is a myth

September 5, 2011
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Jessica DuLong

Over these past few weeks, I’ve struggled to prepare for four separate September 11th-related projects and events:

Through all this I’ve been trying to take some comfort in sociologist Nancy Berns’ argument that closure is a myth: “While grief can diminish over time,” explains Boston Globe reporter Christopher Dreher, “there is no clear process that brings it to an end—and no reason that achieving this finality should be our goal.” Maybe that’s why, a decade later, this all still feels so raw.

In honor of the tenth anniversary, I’ve posted an excerpt from chapter four of My River Chronicles, “Fireboat John J. Harvey Serves Again.” You can read it HERE.

My best to everyone during this difficult week.