Become a Volunteer Grief Mentor

If you have lost a loved one in or survived an air disaster, your experience is invaluable in helping others walk through the difficult grief process. Volunteer Grief Mentors are the heart of ACCESS and your knowledge is a gift to those beginning their journey through grief.
Become a Volunteer Grief Mentor Now!

Click here to read about the Terms of Volunteer Grief Mentoring.

“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

Claire Barnett lost her daughters Coriander, 8, and Blake, 6, on Alaska Airlines Flight 261. She is now an ACCESS Volunteer Grief Mentor who shares her experience and strength with Brooke.

Volunteer Grief Mentor Training Program


ACCESS lead trainer Dr. Ken Druck & Heidi

Individuals from around the world who have survived or lost loved ones in air disaster-related tragedies participate in our intensive 16 hour comprehensive training program in order to become ACCESS Volunteer Grief Mentors. The training program focuses on ACCESS protocol and reporting procedures, service delivery, active listening through role-playing, group work, and classroom instruction to teach crisis intervention skills for effective communication. We require this training to ensure the highest quality of care to those accessing our support services.

The training materials 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. The training program was great! Thank you for giving us ACCESS
-Lisa Kokal lost her boyfriend Kevin Reyer, 36, in a private aircraft

To apply to become a Volunteer Grief Mentor click here or if you would like to receive care from a Volunteer Grief Mentor, please fill out the Get Help form. Thank you!


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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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