Euphemisms are "mild, indirects word(s) or expression substituted for one considered too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing".
Here are just a few of every day euphemism examples -
getting on, instead of being old
let go, instead of being fired
vertically challenged, instead of being short
If language represents our society and social norms, it is interesting that we find indirect language much more palpable in certain situations.
There are many subjects (not just death, dying and grief) in other cultures that seem to be as taboo topics such as disease and sex life, which in some cultures really are forbidden to be mentioned openly and directly.
But what about here in the Western Culture?
Does death need to be taboo?
Isn't it only 100% guaranteed event in life?
Will it not happen to each one of us and to each of our loved ones?
Do euphemisms suggest evasiveness?
Should they be used when we are speaking about death?
Do we really think they can keep us from feeling emotions?
And.....do they greatly alter the direction of a conversation and reduce clear communication?
If we can become more aware of the euphemisms we use, and why we use them, we may find they are doing more harm that good.