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"

Judy Lewis

Actress and psychologist -- via the New York Times. The secret love child of Loretta Young and Clark Gable.

Helen Forrester aka June Bhatia

Memoirist -- via the Telegraph.

Sister Valsa John

Nun -- via the The Hindu.

Tom Roady

Percussionist -- via Greenville Online.

Don DeVito

Record producer -- via the New York Times.

Dev Anand

Bollywood star -- via NDTV.