Liz Howell, widow of Brady Kay Howell, one of the 9/11 victims, was one of many people featured in this recent New York Times article.

“After 9/11, it was not clear to me what my purpose was,” said Elizabeth Howell, 35. “There were many nights when I was on my knees.”

This led her to a recognition: “People can take away your loved ones. But they can’t take away the way you respond to things.”

Elizabeth decided to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After her mission, she got a job working with the Humanitarian Service department of the Church. She’s found healing in serving others.

She said: “One thing I’ve learned is that it’s all about service. That’s what has healed my heart. Everyone has their own course. I don’t want it to seem — look at what I’ve done. This has just been my path.”

In this video, Liz Howell shares a little about turning her own loss and tragedy into a way to reach out to others through humanitarian service.

You can read more about Liz’s journey in links found in this post: Healing from 9/11: Faith in the Face of Tragedy

Liz’s husband, Brady, was one of the people killed in the attack on the Pentagon. You can read the New York Times tribute to Brady here.