Avoiding saying 'death'

Death is hard to find in death notices.

This is the time of year – January and February – when death rates are generally highest, according to the National Vital Statistics System.

The Bee and other newspapers tend to run more paid death notices at this time of year, too.

If you read those notices carefully, however, you'll find many people in them didn't exactly die.

Most of them "passed away."

Some "entered into rest." Others "left the world in God's hands."

In a few cases, there isn't even a verb, only a date and location to indicate the death.

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