Sadly, actress Lynn Redgrave has died. In the obituary from the AP, a statement from her children reads, in part, "Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven year journey with breast cancer." I hope that if I die from cancer or some other lengthy disease that the last days of my life will not be described as a "journey." I hope I will warrant the word "battle" or something along those lines. I want to go out fighting, not peacefully. Well -- maybe last-minute peace would be good, but I'll be striking back as long as I can.
Speaking of obituaries, I was really irritated when the Pasadena Star-News changed the obit I wrote for my dad, printing that he "passed away" instead of "died." What's wrong with "died"? Can the readers of the Star-News not handle a simple, honest word?