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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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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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ACCESS is a necessity

Lyzbeth lost her husband Jeremy on United Flight 93 on 9/11

“ACCESS is a necessity…There is something unique and touching at any stage of grief whether it is a day after the crash, 6 months after the crash, or 9 years after the crash. I will always be thankful for the opportunity to connect with others who have gone through similar experiences.”

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Sharing my story

Elizabeth lost her entire family in a private plane crash

“I lost my entire family and so when people ask does you family live here? or do you have any siblings? and I tell them the story, its so overwhelming. But its not something I can hide inside because it is such a big part of my life. ACCESS gave me a chance to let who I am on the inside be who I am on the outside and has helped me to realize that sharing my story and my experience is valuable and helpful to other people.”

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A Powerful Volunteer Army

Ken Druck, PhD,  ACCESS lead trainer and author of The Real Rules of Life

The ACCESS Mentors provide unprecedented emotional support in the aftermath of an air disaster…I left their training program deeply inspired by the dedication and genuine caring of this powerful volunteer army

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Powerful connections through ACCESS

Ned lost his parents on TWA Flight 800

“I consider the ACCESS mentoring program to be one of the most truly meaningful contributions of my life. The act of meeting with or talking with somebody who has experienced a similar loss is powerful.”

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Someone to listen and understand

Rachel Courtney, San Francisco, CA, lost her father James in a private plane crash on 8/4/98

It was important to have someone to listen, and even more important to have someone who understood.”

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It helps knowing I am not alone

Mary lost her daughter Elizabeth, 27, on United Flight 93 on 9/11

“I appreciate the sincerity and caring of ACCESS. My mentor, Helen lost her twin daughters and has helped me work through this. I am stronger than I was last year. It helps knowing that I am not alone.”


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I didnt feel alone anymore

Veronica lost her husband Michael in a private aircraft

When I first found out about ACCESS I didnt feel alone anymore. I am so happy that ACCESS exists. I feel so proud that people like me have a voice out there and that someone like Heidi could come away from an experience like this and influence so many others. Now I feel I am also in a position to truly be able to help others.

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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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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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