"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"By writing or reading obituaries,
we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others." -- Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"

"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'" -- John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

Craig Noel

Founding director of San Diego's Old Globe Theater, one of America's great thespian companies -- via the L.A. Times. He helped mount important productions such as Sondheim's "Into the Woods," and several August Wilson works.

Pauly Fuemana

New Zealand singer/rapper was behind the hit "How Bizarre" -- via the Guardian