I know that "to pass away" is the polite synonym for "to die". What is the polite synonym for "to be alive"?
I want to use it for the A's sentence in the following conversation:
A: Is your grandfather still alive?
B: No, he passed away last year.
I'm asking this question because I think if I ask someone this kind of touching question, they might consider it offensive and even reply me:"Did you expect him to be dead?". So I thought maybe there would be a better way for asking such questions on somebody's condition in terms of being alive or dead.
In eastern cultures including Iranian culture, there are honorific terms that should be used (as social etiquettes) when we are talking to/ about a person who is above us in terms of his/ her age (like a grandfather/ grandmother) or his/ her social position (a king/ a queen/ a president/ a boss, etc).