Aug. 13th, 2012

Shockwaves

Aug. 13th, 2012 07:37 pm
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I just got off the phone with Landis's mom. 

She found me on Facebook and asked if I would like to talk.. about his life, his death..everything.

I was not prepared for that today. But I gave her my number and she called about 5 minutes later. 

She seems like a really ..kind..woman. She was candid about everything.. about what happened to him..what happened to his remains.. and asked if I would like anything of his. I learned more about him.. and so did she. 

I'm not sure if it was cathartic or not.. but I at least have some sense of closure, and no longer have to search for a grave. There is none. 

Since they couldn't harvest his organs in time, she had his body donated to the Navy. They used it to to test crash situations for jet pilots, and then, when they were finished with that, he was cremated, and his ashes spread into the ocean. 

She wants to keep in touch, and to meet. 

I'm still a bit shocky from the unexpectedness of it all... but at least now I know. 

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