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“I can never thank ACCESS and my Grief Mentor, Elizabeth enough for all they have done…”

“Grief becomes easier to bear when it is shared by those who understand the total depth and breadth of your grief. When I heard about this amazing organization called ACCESS, I knew that I wanted to become involved and connect with others who could understand my grief. Shortly thereafter I attended a Grief Mentor training class, and in four days I met and bonded with a group of women that will be a part of my life forever. With every

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“My Son’s Birthday”

It has been 18 years since I last heard my precious son’s voice. I told him I would pick him up at the airport as usual and was excited to see him. We shared “Love you…see you soon” and hung up. I was at the airport to greet Seth but I did not meet him in the usual place. He and 18 of his Marine brothers were killed when the MV-22 Osprey aircraft they were riding in crashed in the

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We Will Always Remember

Jackie Karpen lost her parents Selma and Sylvan Karpen aboard Eastern Airlines, 12/29/1972

It was Friday night, December 29, 1972 and my parents were excited about flying to Florida to meet my grandmother and aunt for the holiday.  They had cut their California vacation short because my grandfather took ill and they to fly home early.  They were looking forward to the Florida sunshine and a much needed vacation.

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My Identical Twin Sister Paula Died in a Small Private Plane Crash

Linda Pountney lost her 21-year old identical twin sister, Paula in a private plane crash

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Repairing Rainbows

Lynda Fishman Lost her mother Rita 39, and her sisters Carla 11, Wendy, 8 aboard Air Canada, Toronto, July 5, 1970. 

In 1970, when I was 13-years-old, my life was altered forever. An Air Canada plane traveling from Montreal to Los Angeles crashed in Toronto – all 109 people on board died including my mother and two younger sisters. The loss, of course, was devastating. For me and my dad, life as we had known it was over.

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Instant Orphan

My name is Barbara Zimet and 26 years ago 15 days before my 23rd birthday my parents died in a private plane crash. They were flying from Long Island, NY to Texas. They ran into unexpected weather and the plane iced over and the plane hit a mountain… Finding this website after years of searching is truly a miracle.

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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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