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A standard comedy misunderstanding, in which a character claims a loved one "is no longer with us", "has moved on", "isn't here anymore", "has joined the choir invisible" etc. Considering how many [[NeverSayDie euphemisms for death]] there are in modern language, everyone naturally assumes that they've died, but no, in fact the character was [[LiteralMetaphor talking literally]] and the allegedly departed has just gone to work, are on holiday, or are in a musical group that prevents its members from being seen. She's gone to a better place -- a resort in Palm Springs.

Whatever the case, if these euphemisms become too obvious or contrived, the listener or the speaker may have picked up the IdiotBall.

A lesser used inversion is that the character really is dead, but the listener doesn't understand the euphemisms used. This is usually less comedic and more tragic, but [[BlackComedy not always]].

See also NeverSayDie, HeDidntMakeIt, and DoubleSpeak. Particularly crazy examples (think the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' Parrot Sketch) can cross over into UnusualEuphemism and HurricaneOfEuphemisms. May involve a RearWindowInvestigation. If the character is still around but the "euphemisms" suggest he's ''going'' to die, it overlaps with MistakenForDying. A PrematureEulogy may result. If the character himself tries to set the record straight, the others may respond "NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou."

Subtrope of UnEntendre and ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated.


* There was a German TV spot about old age insurance which went like this. The family, all in black, cries, with the father telling his wife and children that "grandma's now in a better place". Cut to the old lady getting tanned in Hawaii.
* Used in a UK TV advert for Direct Line Insurance with Chris Addison playing an insurance salesman who inadvertently confuses a potential customer by saying his grandmother is "no longer with us". She's actually in Australia.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'', Asagi buys some [=CDs=] for her father while on holiday, then claims "I bought them without thinking, even though... he's not here anymore". There's a panel of her and her mother looking wistfully at the setting sun... and then Fuka points out that he's not dead, he's just [[{{Salaryman}} at work]].
* The first chapter of the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga has Yugi tell Anzu that he considers the (at this point unassembled) Millenium Puzzle a "memento" of his grandfather. She's rather shocked when Sugoroku turns out to be alive and well ([[DirtyOldMan and horny]]).
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has Greed and his men misunderstanding Al's statement about how his brother "isn't here" and becoming quite apologetic towards the kid that, you know, they had kidnapped...
-->'''Al:''' ''(Thinking)'' Big Brother, for some reason they think you're dead.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', when Conan first finds out who Ai really is, he demands to know what she's doing at the professor's house. Ai replies that the professor is "no longer in this world", Conan barges into his house... and sees him on the Internet. ([[TechnologyMarchesOn It was written at the dialup age, so websurfing occupies the phone line.]])
* In the last chapter of ''Manga/ElfenLied'', [[spoiler:a series of things Nana says to herself at a cemetery indicates Kurama died during the timeskip between the 106th and 107th chapter... but she's just being melodramatic for some reason. Kurama's alive and well.]]
* Toward the end of ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'', an episode ends with Tanabe running out of air on the surface of the moon with no hope of rescue. The next episode picks up Hachimaki's story without resolving Tanabe's until Hachi visits his old friends in the debris section, who casually refer to conditions "since we lost Tanabe". Turns out she ''was'' rescued but was on extended leave of absence until she was well enough to work again.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' inverts this trope by having Gohan and Goten explain to Videl about their dead father Goku who will be coming back for one day to compete in the World Martial Arts Tournament, but she misunderstands them as saying that their parents are divorced and their Dad is with another woman who will take him to the tournament (based off mentions of the "strange woman" Fortuneteller Baba who is giving him this one day of time in the human world).
* One of the bonus comics in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' has the girls telling each other about their families. When Hikaru says she has four older brothers, Umi assumes she has six people in the house, but she's corrected to five because "I don't have Dad around anymore." Cue the other two gasping in shock, only for Hikaru to blithely say that her dad's away on a training journey, [[PlayedForLaughs apparently because he can't believe he lost to the toddler Hikaru at a kendo match]].
* In chapter 44 of ''Manga/ACentaursLife'', Shino's classmate Mii says that her dog Ichiro "went away" and "is up in the sky" leading Shino to think that the dog has died and to treat Mii extra kindly. Ichiro turns up alive at the end: he'd been staying at a kennel while the family looked for an apartment that allowed pets.
* ''Manga/MyBrothersHusband'': Yaichi keeps a photo of his ex-wife Natsuki from when their currently school-age daughter Kana was a baby on display. He's also the one with Kana's custody because he has a source of revenue that lets him stay at home most of the day, while his ex-wife has a very busy job. This, combined with Kana's poor choice of words when telling him about her, causes both Mike and the reader to assume Natsuki is dead. When Natsuki drops by for a visit, she understands that the photo could have been misleading.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Possibly a variation in ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'': the man who is "on a trip" isn't really dead, but it really is a white lie. In fact, he is in jail.
* ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'', after Dent gets a face full of acid: the surgeon slowly steps out of the operating room, telling the waiting Gilda Dent and Gordons that Dent's "...gone". Cue reactions of shock and grief. Turns out he means that Dent ''escaped'', and then [[AlmostDeadGuy collapses, revealing a scalpel embedded in his back]].
* In the German comic book ''DerBewegteMann'', translated in English as ''MaybeMaybeNot'', Doro rushes to the hospital immediately upon hearing about Axel's [[spoiler: faked]] suicide attempt. She is greeted by a doctor and a nurse. The nurse curtly informs Doro that "the patient left us this morning." Doro is horrified until the doctor gently reminds the nurse that that Silesian phrase doesn't mean the same thing in North Rhine/Westphalia. The nurse grumpily amends her news to "the patient was discharged this morning," much to Doro's relief.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', a mundy reporter who has been investigating Fabletown can't help but notice that people who have "gone to the Farm" don't seem to be around anymore... not realizing that there is, in fact, [[UnEntendre a literal farm]] that the missing Fables have moved to.
* In an issue of ''Comicbook/XMen: the Hidden Years'', a group of Savage Land natives tell the other X-Men that Jean Grey has gone to "the land of the dead". Which she has; it's just that the land of the dead is a city off in the mountains.
* The ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' album "Viva Papa" starts with Talon telling his hated neighbor and best buddy Lefunest that, exemplary son that he is, he sent his parents to a better world... by booking them a tropical vacation in winter.
* In ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures: Avengers'', the team has to end up getting the help of Janet Van Dyne's father in order to help save their brainwashed teammate. When they wonder where her mother is, he uses this trope and when Storm goes to apologize for it, he corrects her in that she's just off on an adventure.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[http://commoncouchcrusader.deviantart.com/gallery/36069204 A Fire on the East]]'': [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy's]] parents arrive home after a firestorm has engulfed it. [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Princess]] [[LargeHam Luna]] is standing over an unconscious Fluttershy.
-->'''Fluttershy's Dad:''' Where is she?
-->'''Princess Luna:''' Be at ease, Sundown. She is at peace.
-->'''Fluttershy's Dad:''' ''(cold stare)''
-->'''Princess Luna:''' ''(recoiling)'' [[ThatCameOutWrong Have I spoken wrongly? Do ponies not wish each other to be "at peace" in this day?]]
* In ''FanFic/ACureForLove'' [[Manga/DeathNote L]] has the following exchange with Mello after Light [[spoiler: ran off to TakeOverTheWorld]] and [[MetaphoricallyTrue L told everyone that Light is dead:]]
-->'''L:''' [[BlatantLies Light Yagami is dead]] and there's nothing I can do to help him now.
-->'''Mello:''' You can't blame yourself, L. He's in a better place.
-->'''L:''' Pffff... [[DeadpanSnarker Yes. He certainly is.]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8045114/61/A-Marauder-s-Plan A Marauder's Plan]]'' Trelawney makes a prophecy about an unspecified character dying which Harry interprets as being about Sirius, sending him and his friends running off to St. Mungo's. While they're eavesdropping Remus comments to Bill Weasley "Sirius is gone.[[labelnote:note]]To a clinic in the US for healing techniques St. Mungo's doesn't have.[[/labelnote]] How am I going to tell Harry?" One trip to the morgue (and a misidentified body) later and Harry sends his friends back to Hogwarts then leaves to avenge Sirius' "death."
* Invoked in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12156296/6/Turnabout-Drabbles Turnabout Drabbles]]''. After the events of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' [[spoiler:Apollo decides to stay in the Kingdom of Khura'in]] and in the fic Athena explains it to a girl who is crazy in love with him, intentionally making it sound like he's dead ForTheLulz.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie'': Principal Krupp announces to the school that Mr. Fyde, the science teacher, as being "no longer with us", causing a schoolgirl to think he's dead and Krupp irritably rephrases his sentence.
-->'''Krupp''': No, not like that! He wanted to spend the weekend with his family! Ha ha! [[KickTheDog So I fired him!]] I'll find a replacement next week.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* The film ''Film/FriedGreenTomatoes'' has a character named Buddy who is killed when his boot gets caught on a rail as a train approaches. Later in the film, it appears Ruth's son, who was named after Buddy, has met the same fate. The film cuts to a funeral, but then shows Buddy in attendance. It turns out he lost his arm and the ceremony is in memory of it.
** In the present storyline, Evelyn arrives at the nursing home and finds a nurse taking down Ninny's paper rose garden. The nurse then tells her that Ninny is gone. Evelyn believes she means Ninny has died and doesn't understand how quickly the nursing home turns over the room and basically has a breakdown. The nurse then reveals that Ninny actually left in a cab a bit before Evelyn showed up.
* In ''Film/SecondhandLions'', the greedy relatives come to visit Uncle Hub in the hospital after he has a heart attack. A doctor tells them "he's gone." The relatives badly fake sympathy and ask where the body is. Turns out, Hub trashed the hospital room and checked himself out.
* Done in ''The Brainiacs.com'' when Kara, the new bank clerk informs David that the previous clerk, an elderly man, has gone to the "Great Beyond", which turns out to be a retirement home (which, if you think about it, is a stupid name for people who don't want to think about death).
* After the conjoined twin main characters of ''Film/StuckOnYou'' get potentially fatal separation surgery, the surgeon[[note]]played by real-life neurosurgeon (and presidential candidate) Ben Carson[[/note]] tells the pair's friends that "we lost them." By which he means, the surgery was a success, but he's not sure what room they're in.
* A variation in the film ''Moonlight and Valentino'', a woman wakes up to find her husband gone and he's left a note. She assumes he's left her and can't bring herself to read the note, so her friend, Whoopi Goldberg, reads it.
-->He ''did'' leave you. He went to the gym to play racquetball.
* A pretty major plot point in ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', where [[spoiler: Bunny Lebowski appears to have been kidnapped, but she actually just went to Palm Springs and forgot to tell anyone.]]
* In the film ''Sunny's Ears'', the title character has been visiting a dog pound daily to see if anyone has claimed a stray dog she rescued, as the date upon which he is to be euthanized if not claimed draws ever closer. She runs into the dog pound on the day he is to die having come up with an alternative (to have the highly intelligent stray trained as a service dog), only to have the woman at the desk relay that "he's gone," devastating Sunny. Two minutes later, we see the same woman in conversation with one of the kennel workers: "Oh, you mean he's ''gone''! Well, find him!"

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', when it is announced that Jerin will leave, his youngest sister says, she doesn't want him to go away "just like papa did" ... and has to be explained that her father ''died'', while Jerin will eventually come back for a visit once he's married. That's the danger of using euphemisms around kids.
* In Terry Pratchett's ''{{Discworld/Hogfather}}'': Death plays with the trope when explaining what happened to the Hogfather: [[AC:There isn't an entirely appropriate human word. Let's settle for... gone.]] Since the Hogfather is the personification of a collective human imagination, he's not exactly dead, but he's also not currently existent either. In some adaptations Death does describe him as "dead", but keeps the line about this not being an appropriate word for what happened to him.
* In the second Literature/{{Temeraire}} book, ''Throne of Jade'', a badly injured and slightly delirious Laurence sends a note to [[BondCreatures his dragon]] Temeraire which reads ''"Never fear; I am going; the Son of Heaven will not tolerate delays, and Barham gives me leave. Allegiance will carry us!"'' Temeraire freaks out, but Laurence is only talking about going to China ("the Son of Heaven" referring to the emperor, and Allegiance being the ship they're to travel on).
* In the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series, every adult literally vanishes. The kids simply refer to them as "gone" and other euphemisms, but the assumption is that they did not survive whatever happened. Then in book three, it turns out they might actually just be on the other side of the [[DomedHometown dome]], although nothing has been confirmed yet and the scenes were from [[UnreliableNarrator Orsay's point of view]].
* In ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', Fat Charlie is told that an old woman he's looking for has "gone home". He thinks it means that she's dead, but no, she's just gone back to the tropical island she came from.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Treebeard tells Merry and Pippin that there have not been any Entings (that is Ent children) for a long time because they lost the Entwives. Pippin immediately asks how they all died.
--> "'They did not ''die''!' said Treebeard. 'I never said they ''died''. We lost them, I said. We lost them and we cannot find them.'"
** Although, considering that they're ''trees'', they shouldn't have to be very close to each other for Entings to happen.
* In ''Literature/DaisyMiller'', little Randolph Miller (who doesn't think much of Europe) tells Winterbourne, "My father's in a better place than Europe."
-->"Winterbourne imagined for a moment that this was the manner in which the child had been taught to intimate that Mr. Miller had been removed to the sphere of celestial reward. But Randolph immediately added, 'My father's in Schenectady. He's got a big business.' "
* Happens in ''Literature/YeLittleHillsLikeLambs'' in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series, when the Duke mentions that the aged Lord Mallerstang (whose ancestral hall had been being restored and refurbished) had Gone Home At Last, and Teddy and Edmond wax all sympathetic. His Grace points out, with his usual asperity, that he's not, damn it all, middle class, and that, God damn his soul, ''had'' Hugo Mallerstang died, don't y' know, he'd have damned well ''said'' he'd damned well died. Damn it all.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Will had went to the hospital to get his tonsils removed, and befriended an elderly man named Max. After escaping, and returning to the hospital, he found Max was gone. Asking the nurse, she replied "He's gone off to a better place." (To be fair, the nurse did imply he was dead by ''sighing'', but then it shows what she thinks about her own workplace.) After Will had his tonsils removed, Max returned to his hospital room looking for his lucky hat. "Max, I thought you died." "I did die... in Pittsburgh!" It turns out "gone to a better place" meant sent to a hospital with ''cable'' in the patient's rooms.
* At the end of the first season of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', the LiteralMinded Doctor Fishman, says George Sr. is "gone" and "got away from us" when he is actually referring to the fact that George Sr. has fled from the hospital. In fact, this trope is pretty much the doctor's entire schtick as a character.
** Later, after Tobias has been hit by a car Doctor Fishman reports on his status with the words that "It looks like he is dead." That is, Tobias is still very much alive but ''looks'' like a corpse because [[ItMakesSenseInContext he had painted himself blue prior to the accident]].
** He also mentions that Buster would be "all right," though he meant that he was going to be "all right" as in "right handed", as Buster lost his left hand to a seal attack.
** And the time Michael is in the hospital, the doctor says there's nothing he can do for Michael...because another doctor has been assigned. By this time, Michael (the most GenreSavvy member of the family) has learned to anticipate this.
** He gets brought back as a VA doctor in the fourth season to explain that they "had to give Buster a big hand." Turns out he didn't mean a round of applause, Buster was literally given a comically oversized bionic hand.
* A ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode where Elliot assumes this about a man who says his wife is "not with us" and is obviously showing interest. Turns out she just wasn't there that day, and Elliot spends the rest of the episode running from the man's angry wife.
** In another example the Janitor points heavenwards when talking about his father. He quickly adds "He's not dead, he's just upstairs. Dying."
** Done in a more intentional manner earlier in the series. Dr. Kelso got a large portrait of himself made and hung it in a hall in the hospital, then left on an extended trip. Dr. Cox placed a tiny plaque at the bottom noting Kelso's year of birth to "death", letting everyone think the Chief's absence was more permanent.
* In ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', Daisy tells Tim her dog has gone next door. He reacts sympathetically because it was his parents' euphemism for a pet dying. But she means the dog really has left for the neighbours. Meanwhile, Mike realises this means the rabbit he loved that "went next door" is dead and takes it badly.
* When Andy's sitcom is being [[ExecutiveMeddling executive meddled]] on ''{{Series/Extras}}'', he complains about a certain [[CampGay gay writer]]. When he's told not to worry, the writer "won't be with us much longer", he replies "Is it [=AIDS=]?" It's not.
* ''Series/CornerGas'':
** Hank asks Emma for some motherly advice, to which Emma tells him to go ask his own mother.
--->'''Hank:''' ''[solemnly]'' Emma, you know she's gone to a better place...\\
'''Emma:''' ''[annoyed]'' They have phones in Saskatoon.
** In "Cat River Daze," Oscar and Karen become attached to a stray cat and are horrified when they find out that if he stays at the animal shelter too long without being adopted then he'll be sent to "a better place". Naturally, this turns out to be the name of a cat farm.
--->'''Karen:''' You'd think they'd be clearer about that at the shelter.
* ''Series/JustShootMe'': Jack, dressed as Santa Claus, tells a boy who wishes his grandmother would come back that she isn't coming back. Turns out grandma moved to Palm Beach.
* In ''Series/WhosTheBoss'', Tony's father-in-law is telling Tony that he (the father-in-law) is going to prison. But he can't bring himself to say the word "prison" and leaves off with, "I'm going to..." So Tony assumes that [[NeverSayDie "die" was the unspeakable word]] that he was having trouble with. HilarityEnsues as the father-in-law spends the whole episode enjoying the sympathy that is accorded to a terminally ill person.
* In ''Series/YesMinister'', Humphrey says "I'm on my way out.", that there comes a time when "one passes on to pastures new, perhaps greener", and that "one has to accept what fate has in store, when one passes on". The Minister asks when he found out, whether he's told his wife, and how long they gave him ("Oh, just a few weeks... but it will give me enough time to sort everything out"). When the Minister says that Humphrey is taking it well, Humphrey replies that he's "a little anxious, of course", but that although "one is always a little wary of the unknown, but I have faith somehow I will muddle through". It transpires, of course, that he's talking about a promotion that will take him away from the department. The Minister [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming tries to pretend he hadn't been about to cry]].
* An episode of ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' had Zack con his friends into thinking Slater would die unless they were so mean to him he'd want to leave for Hawaii to get treated had a conversation like this between Jessie and Belding, where he rather flippantly told her that Slater would not be with them for much longer.
* Essentially the whole of the last episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Dr Crane's accepted a new job in San Francisco, but all the other characters think he's dying (he's just back from the doctors and is constantly weeping due to a bad botox injection he got there, he's giving away possessions he 'won't need anymore' etc). He thinks they already know and so launches into a long speech about moving on to better places, how they shouldn't be sad, how when he passes through that Golden Gate he'll be smiling...
** A very similar example happened on an earlier episode with Martin and Daphne.
* A ''Series/BarneyMiller'' episode had Det. Fish in the hospital. At one point Wojo tells Barney "They lost him." Barney is grief-stricken, then Wojo clarifies that the hospital staff ''literally'' lost him.
* On an episode of ''Series/AllAussieAdventures'', Russell Coight says this while talking about his first wife. He quickly reveals that she is alive but left him for another man.
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'', when young Richie is annoyed at having to wear a suit:
-->'''Richie:''' I haven't had to dress up since Uncle Louie bought the farm!
-->'''Steve:''' Oh, Richie, I didn't know your Uncle Louie died.
-->'''Richie:''' No, he didn't! He bought a farm!
* Corporal Jones gets this in one episode of ''Series/DadsArmy'':
-->'''Pike''': "Why don't you have a word with ''Mr Jones''' mother?" (facetious, since Jones is elderly)
-->'''Jones''' (sadly): "You leave my mother out of this. My mother's gone to another place."
-->'''Pike''' (quietly): "Sorry, Mr Jones."
-->'''Jones''': "Angmering."
* Series one of ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'' featured the character of an unhelpful information-desk worker in a shopping centre. In one episode she is approached by a customer who has "lost her mother", and the information-desk worker replies that she is sorry to hear this, but it turns out the customer has just got separated from her mother in the store.
* In series two of ''Series/TwoPointFourChildren'', David has to be rushed to hospital with tetanus. A doctor tells the Porters that "we've lost him", and they break down thinking David has died. It turns out the hospital has literally lost David due to a computer failure that means they can't check which ward he's on.
* It happened in ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' when Shirley was hospitalized for an emergency appendectomy. The nurse tells Laverne and the others, "I'm afraid she's gone," whereupon everybody freaks out. The nurse means that Shirley has disappeared.
* One episode of ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'' has [[TheEeyore Aunt Penny]] convinced she's going to die during a minor operation and half-convincing (or really convincing her poor husband Stephen) everyone else of that too. So when they find her bed empty and the senile patient in the next bed says "She's gone--they took her away!" Stephen faints. (They wheel Penny in a few minutes later; the staff had moved her to a different room because the other patient was making a racket all night and she couldn't get any sleep.)
* Zig-zagged with the departure of Miguel Ferrer from ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''. Hetty goes to the hospital to visit Granger, but finds an empty bed; when she asks after him, the nurse says "he's gone." Cue shocked look on Hetty's face...followed by the nurse saying that he had simply pulled out his tubes, gotten dressed and left on his own. He wrote her a note saying that he didn't want to waste his remaining time in a hospital bed, and left it to her to explain his absence to the team. All this was done in response to the real-life passing of Ferrer in early 2017.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In a ''Comicstrip/TheBroons'' story, Maw and the Bairn get on the bus but can't sit next to each other because it's crowded. As they pass the cemetery, the Bairn tells the woman she's sitting next to that her Grandpaw is in there and can't play with her. The woman feels sorry for her losing her Grandpaw, and gives her money for sweets, and is shocked when she talks to Maw as they get off the bus, since Maw says she's glad Grandpaw's out from under her feet. Then they go to the cemetery, where Grandpaw tells them that he'll play with the Bairn as soon as he's finished weeding the plots.

[[folder: Radio]]
* From the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS4E1DeathInBlackpool Death in Blackpool]]''. A man who [[ItMakesSenseInContext believes himself to be Santa]] is waiting in a hospital to hear news about Lucie Miller, who is in a coma. It doesn't help that English [[PoirotSpeak isn't the nurse's first language]]:
-->'''Nurse''': Excuse me, Mr ... yes. Your friend...
-->'''Santa''': Yeah, I know.
-->'''Nurse''': She is gone.
-->'''Santa''': Yeah. ''(sobs)''
-->'''Nurse''': Oh! No, I mean she has left the building.
-->'''Santa''': It's alright. You don't have to resort to euphemisms.
-->'''Nurse''': No, I mean [[ThePatientHasLeftTheBuilding really left the building]]. She just discharged herself. She is very foolish.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Dom Irerra talks about an elderly relative and says that "we lost her", then clarifying that she's still alive, his family just lost her. She's gotten so old that [[IncredibleShrinkingMan she's shrunk past the point that she can still be seen by the naked eye]], but they know she's in the house ''somewhere''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The second ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game has Wright talk as though Edgeworth was dead [[spoiler:up until the final case]]. In reality [[spoiler:he was on a soul searching journey overseas]].
* ''VideoGame/MystV'' begins with a letter from Atrus that strongly implies that he has died. Guess who shows up in the [[MultipleEndings good ending]]?
* In a SideQuest in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Link takes the elder of the [[MoleMen Mogmas]] to one of the game's [[FloatingContinent floating islands]] to plow a pumpkin patch. If he talks to one of the other Mogmas afterwards, Link will say that the elder was "launched up" "beyond", which the Mogma takes to mean that the elder has died and that he must take up the leadership of his race.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In an early ''Webcomic/ElfLife'' page, a character tells us that his brother/cousin/whatever embarked on a ship called "''Eternity''". Literally: he signed as First Mate.
* ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' gives us a [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/03/pushing-up-daisies/ hat-trick]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': "Something happened to Zoë." (The cast is let in on the joke a while before the reader is.)
** An [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=051206 earlier example]]. That one's a sort of DoubleSubversion -- [[spoiler:we find out later the agreement was written by someone with an equally poor understanding of human colloquialisms, and really ''did'' mean he was to be set free.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Happens at the end of Disney's ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' where the other explorers upon returning to the surface from their journey actually tell Whitmore that [[spoiler:Milo]] "went down with the sub" since he chose to stay behind in Atlantis instead to going back with his teammates.
* Sid carves a voodoo doll out of soap in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' to get revenge on Principal Wartz, and when he hears Wartz is in the hospital, he goes to check on him and finds out he's "checked out" (outpatient rhinoplasty). After the name is removed from Wartz's office and parking space (moved to a bigger office on the other side of the school), and a crying relative informs Sid that Wartz is "under the big tree in the backyard" (Wartz was gardening and the relative was chopping onions), Arnold and Sid finally run into the principal.
* There was also an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' where his mom is angry that the clothes selection in the shop they are in is so poor and tells him she'll go to "a better place". That plus his [[IdiotBall natural stupidity]] get everyone in the shop to think he's an orphan. Quite funny because he knows she's not dead, what he doesn't get is that the others assume so.
* This happens on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. Due to English not being his first language, the actor who plays [[ShowWithinAShow Monsignor Martinez]] tells Peggy his wife's with "her ancestors", when he really just means visiting her grandparents.
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' episode "Parents":
-->'''Charlotte:''' I wish '''my''' parents could be here.\\
'''Vendetta:''' Why? Where are your parents?\\
'''Charlotte:''' ''(sadly)'' They're in a better place. ''(points up)'' Up there.\\
'''Vendetta:''' ''(looks up then grins evilly)'' Were they eaten by bears?\\
'''Charlotte:''' Teehee! No, silly, they're living on a space station!
** Actually, it's been even more strongly implied that they died. Though Charlotte misses them she chooses to interpret their absence in a positive way and does not understand death, so this may invert the trope.
* A flash forward episode of ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' has someone noting that the former school secretary was no longer with us. Her pension finally payed out (while complaining about which has been a RunningGag) and she moved to Florida.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Ed Is Dead," Rocko believes Bev to have killed Ed, based on what he has seen through his RearWindowInvestigation, as well as remarks to this effect by Bev herself. It turns out that there was a reason behind all of what he perceived as 'clues' and Ed was actually off getting a wart removed from his butt.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Lisa's Wedding":
-->"You're getting married! Oh, if only your father was still here to see this... but he left for work five minutes ago!"
** Another episode gives us "The one you call Milhouse is gone.... He went to his grandma's place while we're spraying for potato bugs."
** In the episode "Bart of Darkness" (a parody of Hitchcock's ''Rear Window''), Bart's assumption that Ned killed Maude is reinforced when he overhears Ned telling his sons, "She's with God now." What he meant was that she was away on a religious retreat.
** When Bart sells Santa's Little Helper and later tries to get him back, he tracks him down to the church. Rev. Lovejoy says that the dog is "no longer among us", but he just means they had given him to a blind man.
*** In the same episode, Groundskeeper Willie tells Bart that he bought Santa's Little Helper... and "I ATE him." But it turns out Willie has difficulty pronouncing "H". (He then notes how he "ate the mess he left on me floor"... and then ''clearly'' pronounces "you ''h''eard me!")
** "Troy [=McClure=]!? You said he was dead!" "No, what I said is that he sleeps with the fishes! You see..." "Uh, Tony, please, no. I just ate a whole plate of dingamagoo."
** In "Lisa's Date With Density" Nelson beats up Milhouse, who is then carried away on a stretcher. We get this exchange:
-->'''Lisa:''' Milhouse, I'm so sorry!
-->'''Paramedic:''' He... can't hear you now. We had to pack his ears with gauze.
** There's the one where Bart & Lisa are caught going through Sideshow Bob's dumpster. Cut to him showing up at their house and telling Marge that her children "are no more... than a couple of ill-bred troublemakers".
** In another episode, Abe is seriously ill and lying in hospital: "I'm going to a better place - Shelbyville hospital!" *tries to leave his bed*
** At the beginning of "The Boys of Bummer", Ned is wearing a black armband and tells the kids to win the game for Groundskeeper Willie...because he made the armband for him.
* Done in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''. After her hamster dies and her grandmother leaves town on vacation, Elmyra is taken to the school nurse, where she's reduced to tears and sputters out the above. The nurse assumes, and tells everyone, that the ''grandmother'' is dead. That's the biggest case in the episode, though; most of the misunderstandings through the rest of the episode have the characters clearly talking about death (just of the wrong character.)
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': At the end of the "Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United", Rex asks where the injured Six is, prompting this response:
-->'''Bobo:''' He's gone...
-->''(Horrified reaction from Rex)''
-->'''Bobo:''' ...to the little ninja's room.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode 'Boss Mabel', Mabel explain's Stan absence as;
-->'''Mabel:''' Stan is no longer with us.
-->'''Soos:''' ''He's dead?!'' Oh, why couldn't have it be me?!
-->'''Mabel:''' Whoa, whoa, Soos! Stan's not dead. He's just gone on vacation for a few days.
-->'''Soos:''' ...Thank you for clearing that up.
* On ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Muscle Man announces that he is dying, but he is actually referring to the "Muscle Man" persona he intends to shed in order to be married to Starla, who instead asks him to keep the persona.
* In "Ponies in Paradise" on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'', Bright Eyes visits a tropical island as part of an exchange program. When they speak of a previous exchange pony who is "not there anymore," it serves to feed her fears, originally stoked by her friends, that they're going to pull an AppeaseTheVolcanoGod on her.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'', the Neutron family gathers to celebrate their Aunt Amanda's birthday, and at one point, this exchange happens:
-->'''Aunt Amanda:''' Too bad your granny couldn't be here to see this...
-->''(solemn organ music plays as everyone bows their heads)''
-->'''Aunt Amanda:''' But she's in Reno, kicking butt at the slots!
-->''(everyone cheers)''
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', Michelangelo is sent to an alternate universe where the Turtles are superheroes instead of ninjas. Mikey notices that their version of Master Splinter is absent and asks where he is, and is solemnly told that "we lost him". Indeed, they did lose him... [[spoiler:to ''[[FaceHeelTurn evil]]''. He's their BigBad.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a possible example. It's said that Rose Quartz "[[DeathByChildbirth gave up her physical form]]" to have Steven. This is literal, as her gem is embedded in Steven's stomach. Given what's known of Gem physiology, it's plausible that if the gem were removed she would simply manifest a new body from it.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' set 10 years in the future, Irving says that Major Monogram has gone to a better place. He's in Bora Bora.
* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'': Princess Carolyn and Rutabaga Rabbinowitz try desperately to plan an enormous celebrity wedding for their client that Saturday, three days later. They are running around in their office, making ten deals a minute when...
-->'''Judah:''' ''[entering]'' I have terrible news! It's Creator/MerylStreep. \\
''[Princess Carolyn and Rutabaga gasps in horror]'' \\
'''Rutabaga:''' Meryl Streep died?! \\
'''Judah:''' ''[genuinely confused]'' Um, no. She is retiring. \\
'''Rutabaga:''' Mr. [=McGregor=]!!! \\
''' Princess Carolyn:''' You cannot just walk into a room and say "I have terrible news about Meryl Streep"! \\
'''Judah:''' Her retirement party is this Saturday, all of Hollywood will be attending.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* When {{ska}} band Music/FiveIronFrenzy's trumpet player missed a show (he was attending a wedding), vocalist Reese Roper made a comment to the fans that Brad was "in a better place". This comment spawned rumors on the Internet that Brad really was dead. The band then made fun of the entire incident in their song "The Untimely Death of Brad".
* There's the one about the woman who asks after an acquaintance's teenage son, who hasn't been seen for some weeks, and is told he's "gone up to Jesus" [[spoiler: [[http://www.jesus.cam.ac.uk/ Jesus College]] ]].
* This happened to old-time Western actress Dorothy Fay. A friend paid a visit to her at her nursing home, but after finding her room empty she was told by a staff member that Dorothy was "gone". The friend immediately telephoned an acquaintance who worked at the ''Telegraph'' newspaper in the UK; a full obituary was published in the following day's edition. It turned out that Dorothy had actually "gone" to ''another floor'' of the nursing home and was still very much alive. The newspaper's obituary editor had to publish a correction and also had to call her son, John Ritter, to apologize personally for the error. Very much a FunnyAneurysmMoment, as Fay eventually outlived Ritter by two months.
** In fact, there are a number of similar incidents included in Wiki/TheOtherWiki's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premature_obituary list of premature obituaries]].
* At least the Russian sector of web-news feeds is ''very'' fond of headlines like "The world has lost the famous singer X". Turns out X retired or moved into sports or something.
* One time during a storm, the captain of a commercial plane announced to the passengers, "We're going to try to land at O'Hare. Three of the last five planes that tried didn't make it." After a [[OhCrap stunned silence]] from the passengers, the intercom came back on: "It's been suggested I tell you that the other planes flew on to Milwaukee."


* This happens during an exchange in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' when Shaun is tearfully trying to tell his (clueless) mother Barbara that her husband Phillip had died. The group is riding in the car, Phillip and Shaun are in the back seat while Barbara is in the front and Ed is driving. Shaun orders Ed to stop the car, which he does jerking the wheel and slamming the breaks. Ed's behavior triggers the below discussion:
-->'''Ed:''' Chill ooout, everyone's alright.
-->'''Shaun:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis WILL YOU STOP TELLING ME TO CHILL OUT!]] ...And for your information; everyone's not alright.
-->'''Barbara:''' Shaun what's wrong?
-->'''Shaun:''' *tearfully* Mum it's Phillip, he's gone.
-->'''Barbara:''' Where's he gone?
-->'''Shaun:''' No mum, he's dead.
--> *Barbara looks back at Phillip*
-->'''Barbara:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny No he isn't?]]
--> [[ZombieApocalypse *Phillip groans and begins moving*]]
-->'''Shaun:''' [[OhCrap GET OUT!]]
* In ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'', they lose the car through a portal to the spirit world. When Patty tells her uncle, who gave them the car, that it's "on the other side", he asks "You mean in Jersey?"


* The inversion of this trope is OlderThanPrint: This is how Chaucer's ''Book of the Duchess'' ends. Notable because the narrator fails to figure out what's going on even though he has been listening to the knight eulogizing his lady for over eight hundred lines in terms that are, for a medieval dream poem, relatively non-euphemistic.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A more humorous inversion occurs in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' where Fry goes into a bookshop to meet Charlotte Bronte, only to be informed "she's no longer with us".
-->'''Fry:''' Oh, indeed? I can hardly say I'm surprised. Where can I get in touch with her?
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' have the character of Denny Duquette, who died a couple seasons earlier, appear to Isabel Stevens and tell her "I'm here for you". It takes her half the season to understand what that means.
* Inverted in the ''WebVideo/KateModern'' episode "Janet": "But whereabouts has she 'gone'? I really need to speak to her!"
* In an early episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'' Lister talks about the death of his adoptive father when he was a child; his mother told him that Dad had gone to the same place as Lister's goldfish. Young Lister believed his father had been flushed down the toilet and was still alive somewhere beyond the u-bend.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Keith is sent to tell a patient his condition is incurable and fatal. He reports to JD that he told the patient there was nothing they could do right now, but they'd try to make him comfortable. JD tells him to get back in there and use some form of the word "dead".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', Mary tells Laura in her letter not to worry about her, that she has gone to "a quiet, beautiful place". Of course, she really means that she's being sent home from the hospital to die. However, Laura, being eight, thinks Mary means that she's still alive, just in a literal on-Earth quiet, beautiful place.
* In ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'', after some small talk about [[BoisterousBruiser Levi's]] [[BackFromTheDead return]], the topic drifts over to Fate's dead older sister Alicia, with Levi asking about where Alicia is now. Fate responds that Alicia is now "beyond the skies"... which the LiteralMinded DumbMuscle Levi assumed to mean that Alicia's currently staying in another world (a fairly plausible interpretation in fairness, due to TheMultiverse setting).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', a flashback sequence shows the young Antimony helping ghosts move on. Seven-years-old Annie doesn't understand the euphemisms used, even when they get quite transparent.
-->'''Moddey-Dhoo:''' One more thing, pup. The boy don't know he has passed on.\\
'''Antimony:''' Passed on what?
* [[OverlyLongGag Overly Long]] inversion in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0530.html this strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' where [[spoiler:Haley]] tells [[spoiler:Celia]] about [[spoiler:Roy's (whose invisible ghost is listening)]] death. Then {{subverted}}: she turns out not to be all that broken up about it, because DeathIsCheap.
* Long after the above ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' example, the story arc "Temple Crashers 2" involves various characters getting {{Spirit Advisor}}s. [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/comic/2017/06/16/actually-pushing-up-daisies/ One of them is Rufus]], who explains that he kicked the bucket, passed away and is D-E-A-D. Grape, [[ContinuityNod given her last conversation with him]], assumes that he actually kicked a bucket, travelled ''away'' from the farm in ''passing'', and can't spell "deed". The title of the strip is "Actually Pushing Up Daisies", in [[CrossReferencedTitles reference]] to the page image strip being "Pushing Up Daisies".

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Crops up in the ''WebVideo/{{Scamalot}}'' episode "''Toaster''" where James claims not to realise that "leaving this world soon" means "is dying":
--->'''Lt. Koroma''': Don't delay. I don't have much days here on Earth.
--->'''James''': When are you leaving Earth?
--->'''Lt. Koroma''': I have not seen anybody that is more unserious as you are. Even if I die soon do you have to mock me with it? Just get the funds to the bank.
--->'''James''': I had no idea we were talking about your death!
--->'''Lt. Koroma''': What were you thinking I was talking about? Am I going to Mass?
--->'''James''': Where's Mass? Is that where the toaster is?
--->'''Lt. Koroma''': Sorry I mean Mars one of the nine planets of the solar system.
--->'''James''': Are we counting Pluto, then?

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode "[[Film/TheThirdMan The Third Mouse]]", where minor characters believe Brain to be dead and try to tell Pinky. Pinky, however, doesn't understand ''even when they flat-out tell him that Brain is dead.''