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"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"

Mary Robbins

Corpse remains on ice as family fights to keep head intact -- via thedenverchannel.com

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh

Hamas leader was injected, suffocated says Dubai police chief -- via CNN

Dawn Brancheau



A report from the Chicago Tribune on the wake of the 40-year-old SeaWorld trainer who was killed by a whale during a show on Feb. 24 --

Lyle Mabe



Branson, Missouri's first entertainer, and beloved hilbilly comic -- via KSPR.com

Carlos Montemayor


Writer and scholar of the guerrilla movement -- via Yahoo News

Rose Gray



A genius chef, writer and gardener -- via the Guardian

David Soyer



Renowned cellist was founding member of Guarneri String Quartet -- via the New York Times

Mable Hoffman



She mastered the crock pot -- via the Los Angeles Times

W.E. Gordon

An electrical engineer who conceived, designed, built and operated the world’s largest radio telescope, via the New York Times

Wendy Toye



Dance and choreographer became theater and film director, via The Times of London