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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"

Rev. Nico Smith


The South African government wouldn't stop its policy of apartheid. His religion wouldn't stand up against it.What did this minister do? Left his denomination. Moved with his family into a black township. He wasn't content to protest, or even stand witness to injustice. He placed himself in its path. A brave man. Via AP

Nestor Bedolido


Philippine journalist -- via the New York Times. Third reporter killed in a week there -- what the hell is going on?

Aaron Dodd


Chicago's memorable "tuba guy" -- via the Examiner