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Anniversary Reaction Following Sudden and Traumatic Deaths

On and around the anniversary of traumatic events, some people may find that they experience an increase in distressing memories of the event. This section provides information about the normal anniversary response that survivors may experience along with helpful ways of coping prior to and on the anniversary.
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Anniversary Reaction, Triggers and Common Responses
This review article on the Anniversary Reaction explores the distressing, normal responses that survivors of traumatic or tragic events or loss experience in response to anniversaries of the traumatic events. This first section looks at understanding the anniversary reaction, triggers and common responses.
Coping with an Anniversary Reaction
This article looks at coping with an anniversary reaction and during times of stress and distress. It is part of the more extensive review article on the Anniversary Reaction: Distressing Responses on the Anniversaries of Traumatic Events.
Activism out of Adversity: Turning Tragedy into a Tribute
This article explores the concepts of Turning Tragedy into a Tribue and finding Activism in Adversity. It is part of the more extensive review article on the Anniversary Reaction: Distressing Responses on the Anniversaries of Traumatic Events.
Anniversary of Tragedy: An Opportunity for Healing
This article looks at the anniversary of tragedy as opportunities for healing. It is part of the more extensive review article on the Anniversary Reaction: Distressing Responses on the Anniversaries of Traumatic Events.
Coping with Hurricane Katrina One Year Anniversary
Hurricane Katrina was one the costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. Many survivors of the hurricane may have felt fearful and uneasy as the date of the first year anniversary approached, experiencing an "Anniversary Reaction."
Anniversary Reactions: A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet
From the National Center for PTSD comes an online fact sheet on "Anniversary Reactions," an increase in distress around the anniversary date of a traumatic by survivors. The symptoms experienced by the survivor can range from feeling mildly upset for a day or two to a more extreme reaction with significant psychiatric or medical symptoms.
Anniversary Reactions to a Traumatic Event: Recovery Continues
From the National Mental Health Information Center an online article on "Anniversary Reactions to a Traumatic Event: The Recovery Process Continues." This informative article is from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
After Sudden Infant Death: Facing Anniversaries, Holidays, and More
An online brochure about how to face anniversaries, holidays and special evens following a sudden infant death. This helpful resource comes from the National SIDS/Infant Death Resource Center.
(PDF File) After a Sudden Infant Death: Facing Anniversaries and More
An online brochure about how to face anniversaries, holidays and special evens following a sudden infant death. This helpful resource comes from the National SIDS/Infant Death Resource Center.
Tips for Teachers: Marking Disaster Anniversaries in the Classroom
From the Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress section of the National Mental Health Information Center an helpful article for helping students cope "Tips for Teachers: Marking Disaster Anniversaries in the Classroom." This article was inspired by the aftermath of September 11th, but is still timely for helping students deal with the aftermath of more recent disasters e.g. Katrina.
Project Recovery: Assisting Survivors of Hurricane Katrina
Project Recovery was created following Hurricane Katrina to provide free crisis counseling services to individuals and groups affected by the disaster. Their web site has a collection of resources and support materials to help people cope with the stress and the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Anniversary Reactions in Gulf War Veterans: A Follow-Up Inquiry 6 Year
Data from an article from the American Journal of Psychiatry suggest that anniversary reactions occur in numbers greater than those expected by chance, are correlated to the occurrence of traumatic events. Researcher also believe that Anniversary Reaction may be a part of the syndrome of PTSD.

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