The near decade-long struggle to capture bin Laden has weighed on the minds of most Americans, not just those who lost someone they knew on 9/11, said Dr. Igor Galynker, associate chairman of the department of psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.
"We are victims of a crime, and until there's a verdict and the perpetrators are punished, many go through anguish," said Galynker. "Only until justice is done, can some feel that they can move on."
Indeed, nearly a decade later, McCourt says although reminders like bin Laden's death bring back feelings of sadness at the loss of his family, the event serves as some assurance that he can get on with his life.
"I'm at a different place," said McCourt. "I can look at my wife and daughter in one sense, in a better sense, and thank God for allowing them to be in my life for that short period of time."