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“I am here, I care”

Larry lost his mother Anne on TWA Flight 800

“As mentors, we are not going to relieve or eliminate anothers loss or grieving, but we can be the person who says, I am here, I care. and that means an awful lot.”

Posted in Testimonials

Thank you, ACCESS!

Lisa lost her fiancé in a private aircraft

“The ACCESS Volunteer Grief Mentor Training conference gave me the knowledge and tools to help me with my work. As delicate as it is to talk to someone going through grief it is vital to be trained in order to help. Thank you, ACCESS!”


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ACCESS launches first book

The significant anniversaries this year inspired me to launch our first ACCESS book, Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it, to share what has worked at ACCESS with the world. We have found that learning about anothers journey through grief can provide a unique comfort to others experiencing loss. With a foreword written by Mayor Rudy Giuliani, this book contains 28 firsthand accounts of grief and survival in the wake of the sudden loss of a loved

Posted in Our Newsletter

Supporting each other 15 years after TWA Flight 800

Larry lost his mother on TWA Flight 800

“Over the years many have become members of ACCESS and have been volunteer grief mentors for victims of other air disasters. I feel very privileged to be a part of ACCESS grief mentor program. By mentoring others, I am able to be a supportive listener to those going through a similar event.”

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Grief has no timeline

Julie lost her husband Brian, 38, on United Flight 175 on 9/11

“I am so proud to be a part of ACCESS “ a group of survivors who come closest to understanding the tragedy of losing a loved one in an airline disaster, because we all have been there.”

Posted in Our Newsletter, Testimonials

JetBlue Airways Director receives ACCESS Compassion Award

Penny Neferis, Director of Emergency Response & Care at JetBlueAirways, received the ACCESS Compassion Award for her commitment to disaster preparedness

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The 12th Anniversary of TWA 800

Submitted by John & Eleanor Seaman

For brief moments the doomed airliner continued in flight into the now darkening eastern sky. Then, in what onlookers would describe as a sudden fireball, the shining craft suffered a final explosion, shattering into a rain of flames, and falling into the sea below…

Posted in Memorial Story

The Airport

Sara lost her best friend, Louise, aboard a private aircraft

“It has been 2 years since the airplane hit the towers and 3 years since I lost my friend. I am not the same person that I was before everything happened, but I am enriched with an understanding that I could not have gained without my loss. I will never go to an airport again without feeling a small amount of sadness, but I have grown.”


Posted in Memorial Story

If I Knew

Submitted by Anonymous. For Ken with my love…

If I knew it would be the last time
that I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray your soul to keep…”

Posted in Memorial Story

In Memory of a Mentor and Pioneer

Submitted by Alyce Branum

“More than anything, I would like Tammy to be remembered for the remarkable woman she was, and for all that she gave by paving the road for all the woman who road her coat-tails. To see her remembered only as a victim would diminish all she contributed to the role of women today.”

Posted in Memorial Story


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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