"The word euphemism comes from the Greek word euphemos.
Its first use is said to have been in religion because people were afraid of using those words that were considered taboo".
Death, dying and grief can be seen as taboo subject and are often very uncomfortable topics to openly speak about, so it is easier, at times, to find other words or phrases that ease the discomfort.
The soft language that euphemisms provide are often used to make or downplay the truth, while distancing ourselves with conflicts, personal values, beliefs or ideals.
This kind of emotional distancing can be seen as a defensive strategy that separates us from reality and keeps us in neutral emotional territory.
What if we began to use direct and honest language?
What emotions might come up if our words were no longer vague or ambiguous?
Do certain euphemisms create distance from distressing situations?
Do we use these phrases to protect ourselves from taboo subjects?
Or do euphemisms work to reduce our negative emotions and thus help us to cope?
Only you can decide if euphemisms are helping or distancing you from your feelings, in the meantime explore your emotions around end-of-life matters and see if you can see how language affects the way you think, act, and behave.