"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"

Martin Poll

Film producer -- via the L.A. Times. Responsible for films such as "The Lion in Winter" and "Love and Death," he was also instrumental in making New York City industry-friendly in terms of location shooting -- restoring filmmaking to the region.