PIECES FALLING

Navigating 9/11 with Faith, Family, and the FDNY


After 9/11, life would never be the same. 

As a wife and mom, church volunteer, and small business owner, Ann Van Hine prided herself on being in control of her life. 

Until 9/11.   

Pieces Falling is Ann’s story of navigating the very personal loss of her husband, Bruce—a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11—amid the very public tragedy that shocked the world.  

Her poignant reflections help answer the questions: 

  • How do you cope when life lies in pieces around you? 
  • How do you begin to rebuild in the face of all that has been lost?   
  • How do you commemorate the past while creating space for your future? 

Ann’s journey parallels the evolution of Ground Zero from a place of death and destruction to the moving Memorial Plaza today—and is a beautiful testament to the resilience of a woman, a family, and a nation.