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ACCESS bridges the gaps

Noelle lost her friends Katie, Wyatt, 6, and Hannah, 5, in a private plane crash ACCESS helps in ways that others cannot, through safe, deep, unspoken insights that offer help to those brought together under such duress. I want to personally thank all of the ACCESS volunteers who bridge the gaps left in-between from this type of loss.

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I will be forever grateful to ACCESS

Monica lost her husband in Tower Two of the World Trade Center on 9/11

“Heidi was able to guide me through her work at ACCESS and gave me hope that I too, could make a difference. I will be forever grateful to ACCESS.”

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To airline Emergency Response, ACCESS is invaluable

Sandy Nelson, Southwest Airlines Family Notification Coordinator
“From an airline Emergency Response perspective, ACCESS’ insight is invaluable in helping us to create a program that will ensure that our Employees treat passengers affected by an airline disaster with the appropriate level of respect and care.”

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Comfort through ACCESS

Stacey lost her father on Pan Am 103. She met Vanessa, who lost her mother on Pan Am 103,through ACCESS.

“It is such a strong unique bond to have to someone who has experienced the same thing you have, someone who really gets what it is like to lose a parent, someone who has the same views as you…”

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We don’t have to struggle alone

Karen lost her fiancé in Tower One of the World Trade Center on 9/11

“Heidi Snow and ACCESS have remained a cornerstone of support for me. During the most devastating times of our lives, we do not have to struggle to come out of the dark alone, and no one should have to.”

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ACCESS trains The NTSB

“The presentation gave me a deeper understanding of what family members experience after losing a loved one during an aviation disaster…ACCESS is an excellent resource for us to have.” – NTSB Trainee

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Others who have been there

Marion lost her daughter Mari-Rae, 35, on Flight 77 on 9/11

“…sharing our grief with others who had been there really did make a difference and helped us to heal…Victims families are put in contact with those of us who have gone through the same horrible day of grief and actually mean it when we say, ˜I know how you feel.”

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A message from Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden lost her father in a private air crash when she was 14. She also lost her best friend on TWA 800.

“That is the real magic of ACCESS, a program where role models who have experienced the same type of loss can uniquely help others on their painful journey.”

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Inspired through ACCESS

“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

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The Hardest Work I Have Ever Done

Marilyn lost her daughter Ellyce, 24, on Continental Flight 3407

“No matter how I try to brace myself, the pain of facing the holidays without my youngest daughter is crushing.”

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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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