Lee Speary, la protagonista de esta historia con su marido, Bill (foto publicada con permiso de su familia
Someone told me that intergenerationality was everywhere in my life. What began as a casual comment seems to be coming true.
I have a friend who lives in the United States with whom I share many issues. One of them is, of course, intergenerationality. When he told me the story of his mother-in-law, I found it very tender. Who decides how to live the grief of a loved one?
I asked him for permission to translate his mail and here I leave it to you:
"My wife’s mother passed away in 2017 at the age of 95. She had joked for many years that she would live to be 100, then get frozen and shot up into space. In the coming decades, medical technology would progress so that all diseases could be cured and people could live to a much older age. At that point, she would be brought back to earth and unfrozen, and then she would be able to live for a very long time. . . .
Well, that type of service is unfortunately not available today for her. But . . ..it turns out that there are now services that allow one’s ashes to be shot into space, and put into orbit. So . . . . after she died, her body was cremated. Her children (my wife, two brothers) paid a fee so that a small amount of her ashes could be shot into space. After waiting a year, the launch is finally scheduled for Nov. 19th. We will be traveling to Vandenburg Air Force Base in California, leaving Nov. 16th, to watch the launch on the 19th.
The satellite will be in orbit for some years, and we will be have an app on our phone so that we can track the satellite as it orbits. Over time, the satellite’s orbit will bring it closer to the earth and eventually the satellite will drop through the atmosphere at high speed and light up like a shooting star. This will be a spectacular end for a great lady!!