Kudos to your magazine for taking a potentially nauseating topic (“Dissolving the Dead,” March) and, by writing about it clearly and logically, making it seem actually quite reasonable — not yucky at all. I’m now reconsidering my devotion to cremation: it appears that there is a better way.
Frederick Sweet Toronto, ON
@walrusmagazine @gdbayliss @roumieu Dissolving the Dead is the creepiest article for pre-bedtime reading. Thanks for giving me nightmares. — @pjenmississauga
I’m having a hard time accepting that the process of dissolving bodies is saving the Earth, though I appreciate that it’s much greener than cremation and avoids the pollution that results from embalming.
Tibetans leave bodies out on the mountains until the bones are picked clean. Some Indigenous peoples once put their dead on platforms in trees. Mennonites I know eschew embalming, wrap corpses in cloth, and bury them in simple graves. Surely any of these options is greener than a process involving pipes, timers, chemicals, heat, and pressure.
Donna Stewart Vancouver, BC
Reading Graeme Bayliss’s shudder-inducing article on disposing of the dead, I was reminded of Hamlet : “Oh that this too, too solid flesh would melt.” I do hope potential serial killers aren’t taking notes.
Geoff Rytell Toronto, ON
I loved the @walrusmagazine’s piece on bio-cremation. Wouldn’t recommend reading it with breakfast. — @e_emurphy