Time was, the first line in a newspaper obituary was pretty formulaic:
John Smith, 82, of Springfield, died September 1, 2000 at Mercy Hospital…
I’ve noticed recently, though, that many obits are substituting other phrases for died:
[li]entered into heavenly rest[/li][li]was gathered into the arms of the Lord[/li][li]went home to the Lord[/li][li]entered unto the presence of God[/li][/ul]
…and so on.
So, Dopers, get a jump on the funeral home copywriter and let me know what euphemism you’d want in the paper. Personally, I think it would be pretty cool to have something like:
Uvula Donor, of New England, was dragged kicking and screaming into the Afterlife by the Grim Reaper on February 30th, after a brief illness…