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"

Joe Cooper

Ukulele-playing poet, self-honed scholar, and lover of things psychic and mystical -- via the Yorkshire Post.

Leslie Brooks aka Virginia Gettman aka Lorraine Gettman aka Virginia Vincent

Actress -- via Tributes.com.

Pino Ferrara

Actor -- via westernsallitaliana.blogspot.com.

Jerome J. Shestack

Human rights activist -- via the Washington Post.

Nora Bredes

Activist on many fronts -- via the University of Rochester.