Definition of bereavement
Words nearby bereavement
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What does bereavement mean?
Bereavement is often a process that includes going through several stages of grief. Bereavement can also be used more generally to mean the state of having lost something very dear.
Example: While on bereavement leave from work, Jenn coped with her loss by spending time in nature and talking to a therapist.
Where does bereavement come from?
Bereavement is first recorded in English around the 1730s. It is based on the much older word bereave, meaning “to take away or deprive, especially by death” (it has two past tense and adjective forms: bereaved and bereft). The suffix -ment, which indicates a state, is used to turn it into a noun. Bereave is related to the word reave, which means “to rob.” The word grieve sounds similar but is based on a different root, the Latin word gravāre, meaning “to burden.”
Bereavement is often thought of as the state of having been robbed of a loved one who has been taken away by death. That robbery leaves the heavy burden of grief. There are many different rituals associated with bereavement around the world. Many include a specific amount of time set aside for mourning. Relatedly, the word is sometimes used in the phrase bereavement leave, which is time off from work after a close relative dies. Of course, the intense sadness felt after the loss of a family member or friend doesn’t just expire after a certain amount of time. And it can often be more than just an emotion. Going through bereavement can result in a variety of psychological and even physical symptoms, such as weight loss and insomnia.
A person going through bereavement is often referred to as the bereaved. If this is you, we hope you find peace.
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What are some other forms of bereavement?
- bereave (verb)
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How is bereavement used in real life?
Bereavement can be used generally to describe a state of loss, but it is most commonly applied to a period of mourning for a loved one.
The MTA only gives their employees a standard THREE DAYS bereavement leave.
That is barbaric.
— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) February 26, 2020
Experienced similarly poor service with banks following bereavement. People die everyday yet banks seem incapable of sympathetic and efficient service and just add to the stress of an already stressful situation. Any banks listening? Improving ur service would be an easy win. https://t.co/YrbBDyOHP5
— Fourth sister (@Six_Sisters) February 26, 2020
Sadly, almost all of us experience bereavement some time in our lives. At the NHS we do our utmost to support people through it. Our Hospital Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care team has produced a booklet to guide loved ones through grief and next steps pic.twitter.com/l0N0vzxUK6
— Croydon Quality Improvement (@CroydonQI) February 26, 2020
Try using bereavement!
Is bereavement used correctly in the following sentence?
Part of the bereavement process can include changes such as decreased appetite.
How to use bereavement in a sentence
When most people think about grief, “they go immediately to bereavement loss,” said Litsa Williams, a licensed clinical social worker and co-founder of the online support community What’s Your Grief.Politics and conspiracy theories are fracturing relationships. Here’s how to grieve those broken bonds.|Jeff Schrum|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
“We’ve seen a rise in creative bereavements,” Pitsillides says.The way we express grief for strangers is changing|Tanya Basu|December 3, 2020|MIT Technology Review
If you’re lucky enough to have guaranteed bereavement time, it’s likely still restricted to immediate relatives.
Only Oregon has passed a law guaranteeing bereavement leave to workers employed in the state, although a similar bill has been under consideration in California.
Every single grief expert Fortune spoke to criticized the country’s lack of federally guaranteed bereavement time—and the few days generally provided by the employers who do offer it.
The stages of heartbreak are similar to the recognized stages of bereavement: shock, denial, grief, anger, finally acceptance.
Bereavement is one of those things Western society is not very good at, particularly the British.
Have you had bereavement or other catastrophic disruptions in your recent life?Justin Cartwright’s Novel ‘Lion Heart’ May Win Him the Audience He Deserves|Robert Birnbaum|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And death and bereavement are hardly the only troubles that this conflict brings to a Palestinian childhood.
In this group, when bereavement turns into depression, it requires immediate clinical attention and evaluation.Bereavement Doesn’t Equal Depression, and It’s No Disease for the DSM|T. Byram Karasu|January 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Loss, where she was concerned, involved a permanent and irremediable bereavement—no substitute was conceivable.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
In moments of utter bereavement who has not felt, to the heart's core, the tender attachment of a faithful dog?The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
For the moment the child was hers, she suffered pangs of maternal bereavement that seemed to tear her breast and twist her heart.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
I hand on your own advice to you in case you have forgotten it, as I know one is apt to do in seasons of bereavement.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
One outward sign only remained of his late bereavement—his mourning dress.Eric, or Little by Little|Frederic W. Farrar