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"

Mitch Berman

Executive director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra -- via the Wichita Eagle.

Thancoupie aka Gloria Fletcher

Ceramic artist -- via Aboriginal Arts News.

Bill Kunkel

Journalist, publisher, game designer and instructor -- via the New York Times.

Ray Fisher

Folk singer -- via the Scotsman.

Vann Nath

Artist and human rights activist - via the Guardian.