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A Sermon

Reverend Kathleen Ellis

“Since we do not know with certainty when death will come, we can only hope to live this life in good relationship with one another. Death comes “in the middle of the story” because somehow life goes on, season after season. Those of us left behind have not completed our paths of growth and change no matter how much the death of others grips our souls.”


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A Poem

Jesse Moon, 15, who lost his precious grandfather and friend, Don Shaw, on Alaska Airlines 261, wrote this poem the day after the events of September 11th.

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A fallen hero

Teresa lost her father aboard a “Flights for Life” crash

“I pray everyday that God had a reason to take these two fallen heroes from us. I pray that they are continuing to save lives, in a new way, wherever they are. My dad may be gone from our sight, but he will live forever in my heart!”

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A Child’s Loss

Diane lost her father in a Navy aircraft disaster

I think ACCESS is a wonderful organization. I am enthusiastically available to reach out to anyone needing to express their feelings or share the pain they feel. I would also like to encourage adults to communicate with the youngsters involved – the pain is different but is definitely there as well as the need to express it.


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In Memory of my Best Friends

Michael Boyles lost his best friend, Ryan Sparks, on Alaska Airlines Flight 261

“Monday night of the crash I cried like I have never cried before I lost a family member, a best friend, a godfather and uncle to my child I lost a life long friend and I can never get him back but I can always hold him in my heart.”

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A Eulogy to my Father and Brother

Written by Barry in memory of his father and brother; submitted by Joan who lost her husband William, 64, and son Steve, 36, aboard Northern Airlines, Tanzania, Africa

“The plane was only a dozen or so miles from its destination when the pilot descended into the clouds to take a closer look at an ancient volcano known as Mt. Meru. The pilot, supposedly very experienced, made a critical error, and their plane clipped a tree colliding into a mountainous ravine.”

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To those who have fallen

For Those Lost in the Tragic Attack on the US – Sept. 11, 2001

“To those who have fallen
And served our country well
Unbeknownst to you
Was a final farewell…”

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In Memory Of John J. Fare Sr.

Submitted by Giana, Mari and Joelle, Mari, for their Popie who died in a private plane crash

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Tragic Flight (800) A Tragic Night

Michael F. Connolly, Woodside, NY, wrote this poem on the night of July 17, 1996

“My heart it aches, my prayers are many for 230 families tonight. Because their friends and loved ones were tragically lost in flight; They represent many countries nationalities and races. Most were seeking fun and joy in many beautiful places…”

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Their Spirit Lives On

Joan lost her brother, his wife, and their three children on Northwest 255

“Our logo is the dove, “THEIR SPIRIT LIVES ON” and a rainbow as many families had rainbows around their homes the next night after the crash. On our first anniversary something happened that was so beautiful, as we started to read our loved ones names…”

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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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