"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"

Gitta Sereny

Writer who examined evil -- via the New York Times.

Lina Haag

Anti-fascist activist -- via the Sontaggsblatt.

Ron Onions

Radio journalist -- via the Guardian.

Anthony Bate

Actor -- via the Guardian.

Judy Freudberg

Emmy-winning (17) for television, and for film -- via the New York Times. A long-time presence on "Sesame Street," she also co-wrote "An American Tail," "Follow That Bird," and "The Land Before Time."