"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"

Wade Mainer

The "grandfather of bluegrass" -- via the Washington Post. A vital link between the pre- and post-commercial country music scene.“'What we was playin’ in the ’30s was true country music — no electric instruments, no copyrights,' he once said. 'Something’d happen and someone’d write a song about it — nobody owned it, nobody’d know who wrote it. The music just told a story.'"