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Where did "passed away" come from?

by PalliativeDoctor on May 27, 2014   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr


As a hospice/palliative medicine doc, I frequently hear family members calling relatives on the phone telling them "He's passed away" or "He's passed."

I've always wondered why we say this, and have been unable to find a well-researched answer. Some think it's because we have passed away or passed on to another life--the afterlife.

And why is it so difficult to say the D word, "He died?"

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