It seems ok to use the 'D' words in such circumstances.
But when it's referring to an individual, a family member perhaps, the term 'passed' is increasingly used. 'Passed away' is fine, but shortening it seems daft.
As that great philosopher Guy Martin once said, 'When you're dead you're dead'.
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But as you say, Al, dead is dead.
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The above absolutely proves that brainwashing is possible, even with someone with a Cynics degree!!!
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