One can get a glimpse of human mortality make a connection of sort with those who have passed into it by visiting cemeteries and reading obituaries. Lives that are gone leave their larger legacy on those who knew them, or to the world if they happened to be famous, at least until the fame is forgotten. For the rest of humanity their lives touch the future by the inscriptions they leave in stone for us to read, and the obituaries that are written when they die.
I think retired police officer Donald Unsworth of Rome, Georgia left a legacy of sort with this obituary, which must have been written by someone who truly understood him, and cared. I found this at Rossputin.