The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Healing in Brooklyn

'Will I ever be able to go to Burger King?'

Parents, grandparents, clergy and counselors gathered at Leif Ericson Day School, Brooklyn, N.Y., on a balmy October day to discuss how to help their children deal with the losses of Sept. 11. For one boy, healing will begin when he can go to Burger King again.

These parents were within eyeshot of the twin towers, with smoke, dust and office paper blowing their way. They met for the "Beginning the Healing" workshop, the first in what Lutheran Disaster Response personnel hope will be a series of such meetings.

Leif Ericson is one of 112 Lutheran schools in New York. Forty-seven children at those schools lost at least one parent; many more staff suffered significant losses.

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