"Passed away", "no longer with us", "deceased" - they're all different ways that we use to say that someone has died. They're euphemisms that we use to soften the term a bit. But is this a good thing or a bad thing?

When I was in college, I took an interesting sociology class, "Death, Grief, and Bereavement". One of the topics that the professor touched on was how we, as a society, are afraid to just say that someone died. It's always, "he passed away" or "he's no longer with us". There's nothing wrong with saying that someone has died, it's a process that we're all going to go through eventually. But many people feel more comfortable using a term besides "died" or "death".

 

So what do you think, do you prefer using a softer term when talking about something blunt? Vote in the poll below, then feel free to leave a comment!