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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"

Jorge Lavat

Actor -- via ciudadania-express.com.

Shifra Goldman

Art historian and advocate for Latino art and artists -- via the L.A. Times.

Ghiyah Matar

Activist and practitioner of non-violence -- via the Washington Post.

Nishan Parlakian

Playwright, director and teacher -- via mirrorspectator.com.

William Sleator

Science-fiction writer -- via the New York Times.

Ralph Lomma

The father of miniature golf -- via the New York Times.

Herbert Lomas

Poet and translator -- via the Telegraph.

Graham Collier

Jazz bassist, composer, bandleader and educator -- via the Guardian.