"Cosmo, I just want you to know,
no matter what you do, you're gonna die."
I'll be dead. DEAD!
When I die, I will have died. I'll be dead.
"Terry died (fill in the date)."
"Hello? Is Terry there?"
"No, he's not here - he's dead.""Do you know where he is?"
"No we don't"Do you know when he will be back?
Why do people say Cardinal George 'passed'? Why does anyone use the term 'passed'? Passed what? A test? Passed out? Passed by? Passed gas? Passed 'Go'?
I know, I know, it's supposed to mean he passed on. On to eternal life. If you mean that - then say it - "George passed on to eternal life - we think."
We don't know where George is right now. But we know he's dead. Just say, Cardinal George died. He's dead.
I think we have problems with death. We are afraid of it. We don't know how to talk about it so we make it nice. We do that to everything.
"Oh poodle, he's in a better place."
"Where?""Up there." Points to ceiling...
Don't make stuff up.
Just say dead.
I blame centering prayer
for this crap.