Children of 9/11 Victims Share Their Powerful Stories of Loss, Hope, and Resilience

by Anna Dunn

In a touching trailer for the documentary, Rebuilding Hope: The Children of 9/11, children of 9/11 victims share their powerful stories of loss, hope, and resilience in the face of immense grief. It’s been 20 years since the world shifted on its axis after a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Now, many children of the 9/11 victims are all grown up.

The documentary follows children who were born after their fathers died in the attacks. It also follows their mothers. Their mothers had to find immense courage and strength following 9/11. One mother talked about how she had to continue on in the face of grief to deliver her child.

“In the first days after my husband was killed on 9/11, I needed to decide not to be broken. I had a baby to deliver,” one mother said

Growing up, the children in the documentary had to live a life without their fathers. Some developed fears related to their father’s deaths on 9/11. Others didn’t know how to process the grief of someone they never got the chance to meet.

“I wasn’t sure if it was like, normal to be upset,” one of the 9/11 victim’s children said. “I find that I’m constantly reminding myself of the balance between grieving but still, you know, moving on and moving forward.”

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Another person said he wanted to lead by example, carrying on his father’s legacy following his death on 9/11.

“I’d definitely want to follow in his footsteps. I just try to leave an impact on people in a good way,” he said. It also appears all of the people in the documentary felt the experience being on the film was healing.

“It’s great to share our story and talk about our loss and how we’ve grown from it,” one woman said, “What happened to my dad made me who I am today and I want people to know that.”

If you want to watch the now-grown children of 9/11 victims share their powerful stories, you can watch the full documentary on Discovery+. You can also watch the trailer for the 9/11 documentary below. Chip Gaines posted it on his Instagram along with a moving caption.

“For these brave women and their young children, that day left them wondering how they’d learn to carry on. And now, 20 years later, this new generation is writing its own story—their father’s legacies shining through them. Their stories of loss, resilience, and hope captured mine and Jo’s hearts, and we’re honored to bring this documentary to our network,” Gaines wrote of the post 9/11 fim.

The 9/11 terrorist attacks rocked the country. And even though there’s now an entire generation born after the attacks, that doesn’t mean their lives weren’t impacted. Now, as the 20th anniversary arrives, many are taking the day to look back and honor those who lost their lives both during and after that dark day.