"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"
Actor -- via Deutsche Welle. A frequent collaborator with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, he was also seen in the Bond film "GoldenEye."
“10 reasons why I want to talk about death” from Elaine Voci in the Indianapolis Star
Mourning Michael Brown, from Stacia Brown
Caleb Wilde in Confessions of a Funeral Director makes some predictions about the future of the funeral industry
The life and death of pioneering thanatologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, via David Kessler in the Huffington Post
Medical insurance may begin to cover end-of-life discussion payments for doctors – via Pam Belluck at the New York Times
Assisted-death comedy creates stir at Venice Film Festival – via ABC News
Sierra Leone funeral is catalyst for 14 Ebola infections – via Donald G. McNeil, Jr. at the New York Times
Death over Dinner’s Michael Hebb talks to the Tennessean’s Alex Tolbert
‘The Death of Klinghofer’: Is it wrong for the Metropolitan Opera to censor itself? From Ethics Alarms
Police violence victim Michael Brown’s funeral – reported by Monica Davey in the New York Times
Grief and change, by Eliza Berman in Slate
Hearse horse dies in harness – via arbroath.blogspot.com.
A rundown on funeral costs from Michael Camacho in the Pacific Daily News
Portrait of a funeral home’s staff beautician – by Tom Eblen in the Lexington Herald-Leader