"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"

Barbara Grier

Writer and publisher -- via the L.A. Times. Strongly advanced the cause and variety of lesbian literature in America.

Jimmy Norman

Songwriter and R & B musician -- via jimmynorman.org. His big hit was "I Don't Love You No More"; he wrote the full lyrics for Jerry Ragovoy's "Time Is on My Side."

F. Springer aka Carel Jan Schneider

Writer -- via destentor.nl.

Mito Loeffler

Guitarist -- via bebopspokenhere.blogspot.com.

Sickan Anna-Greta Carlsson

Actress and singer -- via Stockholm News. A recording star, film idol and popular figure on radio as well.