A Six-Word Memoir® is the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—told in exactly six words.

In classrooms and boardrooms, churches and synagogues, veteran's groups and across the dinner table, Six-Word Memoirs have become a powerful tool to catalyze conversation, spark imagination or simply break the ice.

Here on Six Words, we offer a simple platform to share the short, sharp story of your life, as well as provide daily prompts to share your six-word takes on the topics of our times.

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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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