I COULDN'T agree more with Eddie Webb (Write Back, August 3). People seem afraid of mentioning death and use all kinds of namby-pamby euphemisms.
One of my neighbours died last year and, when my friend told me about it, she said: "X has passed away." I replied, "You mean she's dead?" - only to be told that I was being a bit blunt.
I made a point of using the word 'dead' as often as possible during the rest of the conversation.