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Someone to listen and understand

Rachel Courtney, San Francisco, CA, lost her father James in a private plane crash on 8/4/98

It was important to have someone to listen, and even more important to have someone who understood.”

Posted in Testimonials

The Hardest Work I Have Ever Done

Marilyn lost her daughter Ellyce, 24, on Continental Flight 3407

“No matter how I try to brace myself, the pain of facing the holidays without my youngest daughter is crushing.”

Posted in Our Newsletter

Belonging through ACCESS: A Connection with Joan Lunden

Deb lost her father on a private plane crash

“…I realized there are countless others whose hearts also feel heavy and are raw with emotion from this type of tragedy. This is what ACCESS is all about. As the night came to a close and the last auction item was claimed, I left knowing that ACCESS continues doing what it does best: helping people cope with the present and prepare for the future.”

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It helps knowing I am not alone

Mary lost her daughter Elizabeth, 27, on United Flight 93 on 9/11

“I appreciate the sincerity and caring of ACCESS. My mentor, Helen lost her twin daughters and has helped me work through this. I am stronger than I was last year. It helps knowing that I am not alone.”


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I didnt feel alone anymore

Veronica lost her husband Michael in a private aircraft

When I first found out about ACCESS I didnt feel alone anymore. I am so happy that ACCESS exists. I feel so proud that people like me have a voice out there and that someone like Heidi could come away from an experience like this and influence so many others. Now I feel I am also in a position to truly be able to help others.

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My daughter is still with me

Catherine lost her daughter Nicole, 21, on United Flight 93 on 9/11

“When you lose a loved one it is with you every day in life. They say, 'Grief is like the fog, some days you can see through it and other days its so thick you cant.' This is true. The sadness can come on at anytime but we learn how to live with it.”

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Baseball & Birdies Charity Event

The event celebrated the launch of the US Open and that evenings San Francisco Giants game. We auctioned & raffled off once-in-a-lifetime VIP passes to the US Open & tickets to what turned out to be Matt Cains Perfect Game.

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Grief Changes Everything

John lost his daughter on United Flight 175 on 9/11

“Compassionate others who have experienced similar losses, have helped us in untold ways. When we join together with caring others who really know what we are going through, it gives us great comfort.”

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Dr. Ken Drucks Tips for Surviving After a Loss

Dr. Ken Druck is the ACCESS Volunteer Grief Mentor lead trainer and author of Real Rules of Life: Balancing Lifes Terms with Your Own

“The best way to get through this day is by doing what is right for you. Remember, surviving a special day is but one step in the process of grief. Healing is forever and this is only one day in your journey.”

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A place to share our stories

Robin lost her father in a private plane crash

“I am thankful to have ACCESS to help get me through this tragic time…it is instrumental for me, my family and those in our situation to have ACCESS.”


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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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