Top 10 death euphemisms

With more than 10 million obituaries in’s database, we’ve read just about every death euphemism you can imagine.  While approximately 6.5 million of’s obituaries indicate that someone has “died, ” more than 5 million use the term “passed away” (far and away the most popular death euphemism on our site).

Whether they are hobby-related (“gone fishing”) Shakespearean (“shuffled off this mortal coil”), or intended to bring a smile (“cashed in her chips”), I find people’s choices of death euphemisms fascinating.  As an avid baker, my all-time favorite is: “baked her last coconut cream pie and hung up her apron.”

If you’re looking for a gentler way to say someone has died, try one of these options from our top 10 list of death euphemisms:

  1. Passed away
  2. Went to be with (the/his/her) Lord
  3. Went home
  4. Departed
  5. Entered eternal rest
  6. Was called home
  7. Left this world
  8. Succumbed
  9. Lost his/her battle
  10. Slipped away

And if you’re in need of a smile, check out the collection of euphemisms in Leonard L. Lachendro’s obituary, as published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

About Katie

I joined in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie.
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