Most obituaries state the departed simply died or passed away. Other are much more creative. Lately, I’ve been collecting them:

  • On May 11, 1931 a candle was lit for Aileen and it burned brightly for 65 years and then began to dim and flicker and expired Christmas afternoon.
  • flights of angels sang her to her rest
  • sunrise, February 13, 1948 in ________; sunset, October 23, 2008 after a lingering illness
  • [her] second and last battle with cancer ended at home…when God reached down, declared her the winner, and took her to an everlasting reward.
  • embarked on a new journey
  • entered into the presence of the majesty of God
  • has gone home to be with Jesus
  • slipped quietly into an eternal sleep
  • left his final “load” at… (I think he was a truck driver)
  • went into a heavenly sleep
  • left all her infirmities behind
  • claimed victory on [date] as she joined Jesus in her quest for wholeness
  • reached out and took the hand of Jesus
  • expired
  • slipped quietly into the arms of our Heavenly Father
  • passed away in the presence of the Lord
  • was called home
  • went to be with the Lord/his Lord
  • was received into the arms of God
  • went home to be with the Lord
  • went to be with the Lord
  • died/passed away peacefully/suddenly/unexpectedly
  • departed this life
  • was reunited with his bride of 70 years
  • entered a calm rest in the arms of Jesus
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