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ACCESS bridges the gaps

Noelle lost her friends Katie, Wyatt, 6, and Hannah, 5, in a private plane crash ACCESS helps in ways that others cannot, through safe, deep, unspoken insights that offer help to those brought together under such duress. I want to personally thank all of the ACCESS volunteers who bridge the gaps left in-between from this type of loss.

Posted in Our Newsletter, Testimonials

Sending Love and Gratitude for all you do

Claire Barnett lost her daughters, Coriander, 8 & Blake, 6 aboard Alaska Airlines 261

“Another year, another candle, remembering all those who left us far too early – sending love and gratitude for all you do and who you are!”


Posted in Memorial Story, Testimonials

I will be forever grateful to ACCESS

Monica lost her husband in Tower Two of the World Trade Center on 9/11

“Heidi was able to guide me through her work at ACCESS and gave me hope that I too, could make a difference. I will be forever grateful to ACCESS.”

Posted in Our Newsletter, Testimonials

Someone who has been down that road

Julie Yaeger Rudd lost her fiancé in a gas explosion and called ACCESS to mentor those affected by the events of 9/11

There is more comfort in sitting silently in a room with someone who has been where you are than hours of someone else talking to you and trying to comfort you. That is what ACCESS is for air crash survivors. It is built on that very foundation that someone who has been down that road and is further along than you, has so much light to shed.

Posted in Testimonials

To airline Emergency Response, ACCESS is invaluable

Sandy Nelson, Southwest Airlines Family Notification Coordinator
“From an airline Emergency Response perspective, ACCESS’ insight is invaluable in helping us to create a program that will ensure that our Employees treat passengers affected by an airline disaster with the appropriate level of respect and care.”

Posted in Our Newsletter, Testimonials

ACCESS provides a necessary role

Mayor Rudy Giuliani, from the foreword of ACCESS' book, Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it

“ACCESS provides a poignant and sadly necessary role in our society, and it is essential that these families speak to each other so they remember a critical fact: that they must survive and continue…”

Posted in Testimonials

Comfort through ACCESS

Stacey lost her father on Pan Am 103. She met Vanessa, who lost her mother on Pan Am 103,through ACCESS.

“It is such a strong unique bond to have to someone who has experienced the same thing you have, someone who really gets what it is like to lose a parent, someone who has the same views as you…”

Posted in Our Newsletter, Testimonials

ACCESS is amazing

Richard lost his wife, son, daughter and son-in-law in private plane crash

“I can accomplish more through ACCESS than I could anywhere else. ACCESS is a great organization for understanding individual circumstances and what the grieving process is all about. We are all a work in process. ACCESS is amazing.”


Posted in Testimonials

We don’t have to struggle alone

Karen lost her fiancé in Tower One of the World Trade Center on 9/11

“Heidi Snow and ACCESS have remained a cornerstone of support for me. During the most devastating times of our lives, we do not have to struggle to come out of the dark alone, and no one should have to.”

Posted in Our Newsletter, Testimonials

ACCESS trains The NTSB

“The presentation gave me a deeper understanding of what family members experience after losing a loved one during an aviation disaster…ACCESS is an excellent resource for us to have.” – NTSB Trainee

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Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it

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Families We Have Helped:

Below are some of the air disasters that we have responded to:
Private Plane - 9/26/12
Rockingham County, VA
Private Plane - 2/27/11
Abu Dhabi
Private Plane - 12/22/10
Barrington, NY
Private Plane - 7/17/10
South Portland, ME
Air India Express 812 - 5/22/10
Mangalore, India
Afriqiyah Airways 8U771- 5/12/10
Tripoli, Libya
Ethiopian Airlines 409 - 1/25/10
Off of Na'ameh, Lebanon
Air France Flight 447 - 6/1/09
Atlantic Ocean
Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 - 2/25/09
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Continental Flight 3407 - 2/12/09
Clarence Center, NY
US Airways Flight 1549 - 1/15/09
Hudson River, NY
Aeroflot Flight 821 - 9/14/08
Perm, Russia
Spanair JK 5022 - 8/20/08
Madrid, Spain
TAM Airways JJ 3054 - 7/17/07
São Paulo, Brazil
Comair Flight 5191 - 8/27/06
Lexington, KY
Airbus A320-211 - 5/3/06
Off Sochi, Russia
Bellview Airlines - 10/23/05
West Caribbean Airways 708 - 8/16/05
Machiques, Venezuela
Air France Flight 358 - 8/2/05
Ontario, Canada
Kam Air Flight 904 - 2/3/05
Pamir Mountains, Afghanistan
Corporate Airlines 5966 - 10/19/04
Pettis Township, MO
Kish Airlines Flight 1770 - 2/10/04
United Arab Emirates
Georgian Express Flight 126 - 1/17/04
Ontario, Canada
Flash Airlines 604 - 1/3/04

Red Sea

Turkish Airlines 634 - 1/8/03

Diyarbakır Airport, Turkey

US Airways Express/Air Midwest Flight 5481 - 1/8/03

Charlotte, NC

American Flight 587 - 11/12/01

Queens, NY

The events of September 11, 2001

Private Plane - 12/3/00
Milltown, WI
Singapore Airlines 006 - 10/31/00

Chiang Kai-shek Internat'l Airport

Gulf Air Bus A320 - 8/23/00

Persian Gulf, Bahrain

Air France Concorde 4590 - 7/25/00

Gonesse, France

Alaska Airlines 261 - 1/31/00

Pacific Ocean

Egypt Air 990 - 10/31/99

Atlantic Ocean

American Airlines 1420 - 6/1/99

Little Rock, AR

Swissair 111 - 9/2/98

Atlantic Ocean

Private Plane - 8/4/98
Phillips, WI
TWA 800 - 7/17/96

US Air 427 9/8/94

Allegheny County, PA

Long Island, NY

Pan Am 103 - 12/21/88

Lockerbie, Scotland

TWA/United Airlines - Mid-Air Collision- 12/16/1960
Brooklyn & Staten Island, NY
and hundreds of other private, commercial and military air disasters

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