In the Wake of the Storm: Living Beyond the Tragedy of Flight 4184

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On the afternoon of October 31, 1994, a turboprop plane bound for Chicago crashed outside the small town of Roselawn, Indiana. All sixty-eight people aboard American Eagle Flight 4184 perished, including the author s sister, Patty, and her nephew, Patrick. Instantaneously this tragedy created a ripple effect that grew to have worldwide repercussions. In the Wake of the Storm is the astonishing story of the aftermath of that crash. It s a spellbinding and inspiring account of how the surviving families, broken down by shock and grief, found the strength to change the airline industry's response to tragedies through advocacy and new legislation that continues to benefit all passengers today. It is also a tale containing unexplainable occurrences that invite the reader to explore a deeper meaning to life and the possibility of an expanded world existing beyond what we can see and touch. Within Theresa Severin s poignant account of living with loss, but not succumbing to it, is a universal message of hope.

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Since losing her sister and nephew in the crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 on October 31, 1994, Terri Severin has devoted much time and effort to ensuring that airlines are better equipped to compassionately respond to the needs of families and survivors of air disasters. Terri played an instrumental role in bringing about legislative changes within the airline industry, and was a cofounder of the National Air Disaster Alliance, as well as a founding member and co-chairperson of Families of 4184. Terri continues to appear as a guest speaker at international symposiums, educating personnel from various industries around the world on improving responses to emergencies and disasters. She is also a guest lecturer at response training classes within the airline industry. She has been trained and certified as a Hospice Volunteer as well as a CERT member (Community Emergency Response Team).

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Severin's account of the crash of American Eagle 4184 is one of great pain and determination... the efforts of Terri and others to find the truth have forever changed the way airlines and government investigators deal with victims of tragedy. --Paul Meincke, WLS-TV, ABC 7 News

Terri Severin helps us begin to understand the devastation of aviation disasters, whether we are airline personnel, government regulators, accident investigators, courts and judges, attorneys, care givers or kindly souls who just want to help. Her journey shows us what the reality is like for families forced to live and re-live an airplane disaster and how much time everything related to an airplane crash takes, be it the investigation, the fact findings and hearings, the litigation, and the getting through the anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, and countless little things everyday that remind us of the loved ones lost. I encourage you to go on this journey with her so you can understand, help and maybe change the world in the process. --Mary Schiavo, Former U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General, Aviation Television Commentator and aviation attorney with Motley Rice LLC

This story goes beyond Terri Severin s success in forever altering the airline industry s approach to families; it s an inspiring account that transcends grief, providing hope in the wake of tragedy and embracing life after death. No one involved in these accident investigations can truly understand what families go through in the aftermath of a tragedy, nor do we presume that issuing a final report resolves their grief. However, our perspective is forever enlightened by the family members who bravely came forward, and who continue to share their stories with the public. As Thomas Jefferson, America s third president and one of its founding fathers once said, "The care of human life and happiness is the first and only legitimate object of good government. --Jim Hall, Former Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board

Ms. Severin has written one of the most informative and sensitive books on trauma and what is truly needed for people to transcend from the depths of despair to empowerment and personal growth. In the Wake of the Storm is a captivating story of family love, loss, and heart-rending renewal. Readers will experience a gamut of emotions ranging from sheer terror as Terri describes in vivid detail what it was like for the last twenty-seven seconds in the lives of the sixty-eight people on board who were to meet their final destiny, to out¬rage at the insensitivity of the airline industry and an outdated corporate sys¬tem. Anyone who has ever experienced preflight jitters will be mesmerized and unable to put this book down. As a therapist for twenty years, I have wit¬nessed great emotional pain in people s lives; now, having read In the Wake of the Storm, I have a greater understanding and appreciation of where our work must begin, as well as how we, as human beings, can better care for one another. A must read! --Marci Kagan, Master of Social Work (MSW)

This very insightful book gives a very different look at the extensively publi¬cized crash of Flight 4184. As a fireman, I spent several days at the accident site doing what needed to be done at the time, never realizing what the fami¬lies were going through. I had believed that, surely, the airline was doing everything it could to relieve pain and grief. This book will serve as an essen¬tial guide for airlines and any of those who respond to tragedies, forcefully ar¬guing that true and timely help is much needed by families that remain in the wake of the storm. --Glen Butch Cain Fireman/First Responder for Lake Township Fire Department

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