"It'll be difficult. All the emotions, all the thoughts come rushing back to you. It would be a relief to know that these sacred remains are no longer sitting in a landfill somewhere," said Michael Burke who lost his brother, Fire Department Captain William Burke, Jr.
Yet not all family members are anxiously waiting for the phone to ring.
"I really didn't want to find anything out, anything after a certain point in time because it would only be rehashing things all over again." said Paulette Hasson who lost her son Joseph, an employ of the firm Cantor Fitzgerald. "He's in a good place I'm sure and some day I'll see him and I just feel like this is not something that I want to deal with right now. I don't feel that it will do anything for me if they find a bone fragment."
The total number of victims whose remains have been identified stands at 1,635, according to the Medical Examiner's office.