"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"

Danny Lee Morgan

"Mr. Mardi Gras" of Galveston, Texas -- via the Houston Chronicle

Arthur Winograd

Arthur Winograd (right) and his fellow quartet members were America's finest.
Cellist was founding member of Julliard Quartet -- via the Hartford Courant

Alan Sillitoe

British novelist, short story writer and poet -- via BBC News. Best known for his links to the working-class literature of England's 50s and 60's, especially in terms of the films adapted from his work, such as "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" and "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning."