Is correct to say 'I dreamt that my passed-away grandmother returned back to my home...' (as I dreamt about the time when she was alive, not returned as a ghost)?

I don't feel like to say 'my died grandmother', I feel that sounds bad.

Thank you!

  • You cannot say my passed away grandfather as passed away isn't an adjective; it's the past and the past participle form of the verb. You can say my dear late/departed/dead grandfather to show respect to your grandfather. – Khan Apr 1 '16 at 3:06

If the person I am speaking to knows my grandmother was dead, I would just say:

my grandmother

If the person did not know, I would still say the same unless the topic is related to her passing. In that case:

my late grandmother


5) having recently died

Definitely not "my dead grandmother", which would be disrespectful.

There are various other phrases, for example "my dear departed grandmother".

  • 1
    One could also use my deceased grandmother – CobaltHex Apr 1 '16 at 0:34

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