Edited by Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
PERU, IND., May 13, 1899.
To the Editor:—Regardless of what may have been the ancient
customs or are the modern methods of disposing of the dead, regardless
of whims and fancies pro and con, there is but one sanitary method, but
one method which is safe for the living, but one method which is
acceptable to the dead, and but one method which is justice to
nature—that of cremation.
From a sanitary standpoint, what is more elegant, more beautiful, more
esthetic and cleanly than resolving the organized body into its
original elements by a rapid, safe and thorough method—cremation—as
against the disgusting, horrifying, slow, unsafe and inelegant
method—putrefaction? Death is robbed of many of its horrors when we
remember that our dear old body, even though it may have been an aching
and ugly one, is to be rapidly transformed or changed, as it were, into
oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon, the four elements of which all
living organisms are in the main constructed. It is pleasing to know
that our bodies may thus be restored to nature, ready to again be
claimed by organized life.
CREMATION VS. BURIAL. JAMA. 1999;281(19):1856. doi:10.1001/jama.281.19.1856