exordia

"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"

Zachary Hartwell

Navy veteran, killed in crash caused by drunken driving of reality star Ryan Dunn -- via CMR.

Alice Playten aka Alice Plotkin

Actress and singer -- via Playbill.

Jared Southwick

Guitarist -- via Noisecreep.

Christiane Desroches Noblecourt

Egyptologist -- via AFP.

Gaye Delorme

Songwriter, composer and guitar master -- via the Montreal Gazette.