I consider the ACCESS mentoring program to be one of the most truly meaningful contributions of my life. The act of meeting with or talking with somebody who has experienced a similar loss is powerful. I can provide those who call ACCESS with some perspective not only on what they have been through, but also what they can expect in the near term. ACCESS does a spectacular job of pairing people with similar types of losses. The matching allows people to interact with each other in very profound and meaningful ways and the exchange has benefited me as a mentor as much as it did the people I have had the privilege and pleasure to mentor.
Ned Brooks, Norwalk, CT, lost his parents on TWA Flight 800 on 7/17/96