Will You Do This For Us The Intervention

The group had been doing extraordinarily good work as we approached the first anniversary of the attack on September 11, 2001. The first anniversary in 2002 was on a Wednesday, and the group had been meeting every Tuesday since it began. It is impossible to describe the mood, not only in this company, who had lost so many employees, but also in New York City itself. The anxiety and tension in Manhattan alone was so palpable you could cut it with a knife. Nobody knew if another attack was planned for that day, but emotionally, it felt like every New Yorker expected something to happen. The week before the first anniversary, one of the group members asked me a question: "We have been meeting since 9/11 at 'Joe's Pub,' several times a week, which is where we truly mourn and grieve our lost friends and colleagues. We would like you to hold our trauma/bereavement group at Joe's Pub on the first anniversary, and we would like to invite other employees of this agency to come join us and grieve together. Will you do this for us?"

I was initially taken by surprise by this request, and told the group, "give me a moment to think this through, but either way, I am delighted that you invited me and included me in your anniversary ceremony." I thought about the "frame and boundary" issue again. Hold a

"When Boundaries Breathe "

group in a pub? Was I not stretching the boundaries enough by working in their office space during their working hours?

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