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Euphemisms: Helpful or Hurtful?

Many American are afraid of death, violent or otherwise and will use euphemisms as buffers when discussing death, dying or the dead.


What words have you used to obscure the dying process?  And is it emotionally, physically, and spiritually healthy to use these euphemisms when discussing death, dying or the dead?  Or should we be as blunt and brutally honest to the dying, their family and friends when discussing death, the dying and or the dead?