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Belonging through ACCESS: A Connection with Joan Lunden

Deb lost her father on a private plane crash

“…I realized there are countless others whose hearts also feel heavy and are raw with emotion from this type of tragedy. This is what ACCESS is all about. As the night came to a close and the last auction item was claimed, I left knowing that ACCESS continues doing what it does best: helping people cope with the present and prepare for the future.”

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My daughter is still with me

Catherine lost her daughter Nicole, 21, on United Flight 93 on 9/11

“When you lose a loved one it is with you every day in life. They say, 'Grief is like the fog, some days you can see through it and other days its so thick you cant.' This is true. The sadness can come on at anytime but we learn how to live with it.”

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Baseball & Birdies Charity Event

The event celebrated the launch of the US Open and that evenings San Francisco Giants game. We auctioned & raffled off once-in-a-lifetime VIP passes to the US Open & tickets to what turned out to be Matt Cains Perfect Game.

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Grief Changes Everything

John lost his daughter on United Flight 175 on 9/11

“Compassionate others who have experienced similar losses, have helped us in untold ways. When we join together with caring others who really know what we are going through, it gives us great comfort.”

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Dr. Ken Drucks Tips for Surviving After a Loss

Dr. Ken Druck is the ACCESS Volunteer Grief Mentor lead trainer and author of Real Rules of Life: Balancing Lifes Terms with Your Own

“The best way to get through this day is by doing what is right for you. Remember, surviving a special day is but one step in the process of grief. Healing is forever and this is only one day in your journey.”

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A place to share our stories

Robin lost her father in a private plane crash

“I am thankful to have ACCESS to help get me through this tragic time…it is instrumental for me, my family and those in our situation to have ACCESS.”


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ACCESS launches first book

The significant anniversaries this year inspired me to launch our first ACCESS book, Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it, to share what has worked at ACCESS with the world. We have found that learning about anothers journey through grief can provide a unique comfort to others experiencing loss. With a foreword written by Mayor Rudy Giuliani, this book contains 28 firsthand accounts of grief and survival in the wake of the sudden loss of a loved

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Supporting each other 15 years after TWA Flight 800

Larry lost his mother on TWA Flight 800

“Over the years many have become members of ACCESS and have been volunteer grief mentors for victims of other air disasters. I feel very privileged to be a part of ACCESS grief mentor program. By mentoring others, I am able to be a supportive listener to those going through a similar event.”

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Grief has no timeline

Julie lost her husband Brian, 38, on United Flight 175 on 9/11

“I am so proud to be a part of ACCESS “ a group of survivors who come closest to understanding the tragedy of losing a loved one in an airline disaster, because we all have been there.”

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JetBlue Airways Director receives ACCESS Compassion Award

Penny Neferis, Director of Emergency Response & Care at JetBlueAirways, received the ACCESS Compassion Award for her commitment to disaster preparedness

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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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