It used to be that when I read the obituaries in the local paper, the obituary would announce that someone died. Now when I read the obituaries in the same paper, that person no longer died. He/she "passed away", or was "born into eternal life".
One obituary I read recently mentioned someone who "completed her life". WTF???
Now, if a paper's going to write an obituary about someone "passing away", or "completing his/her life", or "entering eternal life", how about writing an obituary about someone who "croaked" or "expired" or "kicked the bucket" or "bit the dust"? Or maybe someone who "took one for the team"?
When I hear the words "passed away", I think of someone floating away in mid air right past me.