By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If all of the talk of the 10th anniversary of 9-11 leaves you feeling a little blue, it’s all part of the process, according to an expert on grief.

No one is immune to grief and loss, but this is a special case. Janine Mariscotti, a social work assistant professor at LaSalle University, says there’s a difference between what we all experienced after the attacks and the burdens we carry after, say, a family member dies.

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“People who have experienced complicated grief and what happened on 9-11 certainly qualifies as a complicated loss because of the massive loss of life, the unpredictability of it, you know, that we didn’t know. It was sudden. It was traumatic.”

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Even things like marking the anniversary may knock some people back a step or two. It’ll be okay, says Professor Mariscotti. These emotional aftershocks are rarely as long-lasting as the original.

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio

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