Conversation Questions
Death & Dying

A Part of Conversation Questions for the ESL Classroom.

Maybe too sensitive for some groups, but many are extremely interested in how different cultures deal with death.

  • What sights, smells, sounds did you notice when you visited the hospital?
  • How can you help someone who is dying?
  • How do you tell someone that someone they know has died?
  • What are some useful euphemisms for telling someone that someone they know has died?
  • Do you believe in God?
  • Do you think people should be cremated or buried?
  • Has anyone close to you ever passed away?
  • What is grief?
  • Do you think the grieving process is different for different ages?
  • Have you known someone who had an extended sickness before death?
  • Have you ever lost someone close to you?
  • Have known anyone who has committed suicide?
  • What is hospice?
  • Are coffins displayed on the street entrance to funeral parlors in your country?
  • Is it appropriate for funeral directors to advertise their services?
  • If you were given the chance to have someone die with you, who would that person be?
  • Have you ever thought you'd like to die?
  • How does it feel when your loved one dies and you were unable to see them for the last time?
  • Have you ever been to a funeral where a family member of the deceased sung a song, read a letter or read a poem?
  • Would you want to know if you were dying and if so, would you want to know how long you had to live?
  • If there were five of your friends drowning, which one would you save first?
  • If you are married or have a life partner would you expect them to move on after you die.
  • Do you have hospice services in your country?
  • Do you know anyone who died for a few seconds or minutes but came to life again?
  • Who has died that you know?
  • Have you had a pet die?
  • What is the worst way of dying?
  • What is the ideal way to die?
  • Do you believe in out-of-body experiences?
  • Are you afraid of losing one of your relatives all of a sudden?
  • Would you like it if someone sung you a song or read a poem about you, or a letter to you, at your funeral?
  • What kind of funeral arrangements would you make for yourself if you knew you were dying?
  • How long do you expect you spouse or life partner to wait before they move on after your death?
  • Do you have a bucket list?
  • What happens when is embalmed?

    Perhaps not a useful question, but it was submitted.

  • Would you like to die?

    If you can think of another good question for this list, please add it.

    Many of these questions come from textbooks
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