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ACCESS Never Quits

John Conklin was killed in a private plane crash

Mary lost her husband in a private plane crash

“ACCESS never quit…From the care I received I knew that I wanted to be involved with ACCESS and help others…”

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A message from Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden lost her father in a private air crash when she was 14. She also lost her best friend on TWA 800.

“That is the real magic of ACCESS, a program where role models who have experienced the same type of loss can uniquely help others on their painful journey.”

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ACCESS is a necessity

Lyzbeth lost her husband Jeremy on United Flight 93 on 9/11

“ACCESS is a necessity…There is something unique and touching at any stage of grief whether it is a day after the crash, 6 months after the crash, or 9 years after the crash. I will always be thankful for the opportunity to connect with others who have gone through similar experiences.”

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Sharing my story

Elizabeth lost her entire family in a private plane crash

“I lost my entire family and so when people ask does you family live here? or do you have any siblings? and I tell them the story, its so overwhelming. But its not something I can hide inside because it is such a big part of my life. ACCESS gave me a chance to let who I am on the inside be who I am on the outside and has helped me to realize that sharing my story and my experience is valuable and helpful to other people.”

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A Powerful Volunteer Army

Ken Druck, PhD,  ACCESS lead trainer and author of The Real Rules of Life

The ACCESS Mentors provide unprecedented emotional support in the aftermath of an air disaster…I left their training program deeply inspired by the dedication and genuine caring of this powerful volunteer army

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Inspired through ACCESS

“My ACCESS Grief Mentor inspires me. She is showing me that, while it takes time to heal, life does go on and I can get through it.”

Brooke lost her one-year-old daughter Kirstin in a helicopter crash

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To my precious son

Michele lost her son Seth, 18, aboard a military aircraft

Seth was killed, along with 19 other proud and brave marines on April 8, 2000 when their MV-22 Osprey aircraft crashed during a training mission. He was the youngest one on the plane, only 18. He said he would do whatever it took, including give his life, if that is what was necessary for all people to live free. He is my hero, the bravest soul I have ever known.

Posted in Memorial Story

In memory of the Molokai High Volleyball Team

Nichol lost her 15-year-old sister aboard Aloha Airlines

My sister died in the Aloha Airlines crash 10 years ago. She was 15. The 21-passenger plane was carrying the Molokai High School volleyball team back to Molokai. This year we are having a big 10-year anniversary memorial. The pain and shock still remains…as if the crash occurred yesterday…”

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Torn Between Mourning and Celebrating

Stephanie lost her parents, Caryl and Jerry Welsh, on EgyptAir 990

“This morning when I lit a candle in remembrance, my daughter asked me why I was doing that. This was the first time I told her that this was the day Nana and Grampie died. Although upset at first, she quickly was able to bounce back when I told her they would not want her to be sad…”


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Powerful connections through ACCESS

Ned lost his parents on TWA Flight 800

“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.”

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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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