"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"

Carmen Martinez Sierra

Actress and singer -- via westernsallatialia.com.

Pete Namlook aka Peter Kuhlmann

Ambient/electronic composer and music producer -- via Spin.

Walt Zeboski

Photojournalist -- via ABC News.

Fred Ridgeway

Successful broker, then successful actor -- via The Guardian.

Mitsoko Mori

Actress -- via Mainichi.jp.

Bob French

Drummer and radio host -- via Rolling Stone.

Allan McHale

Musician -- via mpbn.net.

Bernard Lansky

Clothier to Elvis and other Southern music greats -- via the New York Times.

Will Barnet

Painter -- via the New York Times.

David Durk

Police detective who fought corruption -- via the New York Times.