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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"

Bill Morrison

Playwright and writer for radio -- via the Guardian.

Ernest Mehew

World's foremost expert on Robert Louis Stevenson -- via the Telegraph.

Maurice Huggett

Proprietor of the Phoenix Artist Club - via the Telegraph.

Hugh Carless

Career diplomat who accompanied Eric Newby to Afghanistan in 1956, an expedition that formed the substance of the classic travel memoir, Newby's "A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush" -- via the Telegraph.

David Spancer

Script coordinator, video editor -- via legacy.com.