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Sending Love and Gratitude for all you do

Claire Barnett lost her daughters, Coriander, 8 & Blake, 6 aboard Alaska Airlines 261

“Another year, another candle, remembering all those who left us far too early – sending love and gratitude for all you do and who you are!”


Posted in Memorial Story, Testimonials

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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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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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…

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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.”

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From “The Normal Family” by Edith Fraser

Helen & Larry lost their daughters Chrisha, 28, and Brenna, 25, aboard TWA Flight 800

“We were on Long Island the first week in July and visited the memorial and left flowers. The memorial shrubs and flowers continue to grow and they were blooming beautifully. The following is a poem/story that I first read in “Bereaved Parents USA” Vol. 23, Number 2, March/April 2002. It helped us, perhaps it will help others.”

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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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