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The Daily Goodbye

Patricia Sullivan

Good morning!

We in the obituaries game love librarians and researchers and archivists of all kinds so the Philadelphia Daily News obit of Keith Doms doesn't surprise in the least. "There is something magical about walking through the Free Library's main branch with Keith Doms, something enchanting and exhilarating, like flying through a shower of stars with Peter Pan."

Daniel F. "Total Recall" McCall taught anthropology at Boston University but his real love was poetry. See and hear him talking a bit about his life, and reading Shakespeare at BU's Favorite Poem Project.

One of the bravest men in Australia has died, The Age in Melbourne reports. John Vergona lived his life caring for and supporting some of society's most marginalized and came out as gay on the front page of The Age at a time when homosexuality was illegal across the country.

Wende Davis began teaching yoga in Vancouver, B.C. long before it was fashionable. But she was always a leader: She worked as a ranch hand in the Cariboo, a cook along the Alaska Highway and an au paire in Paris. She once walked 100 kilometres on the White Pass railroad tracks from Carcross, Yukon, to Skagway, Alaska and as a girl survived two nights lost on a mountain, hiking barefoot.

An extreme form of grieving is so debilitating that it's under consideration for inclusion in the DSM-V, the American Psychiatric Association's handbook for diagnosing mental disorders. There are 2.5 million deaths a year in the U.S., and perhaps 15 percent of those who are affected by each death grieve more than six months.

Some 99 people are dead in the tsunami that swept into American Samoa yesterday. The Samoa News has photos of the devastation.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 30, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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