- a period of mourning after a loss, especially after the death of a loved one: The widow had many visitors during her bereavement.
- a state of intense grief, as after the loss of a loved one; desolation.
- deprivation or loss by force (usually fol. by of): The hurricane left a trail of bereavement of ordinary people.
Origin of bereavement
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Examples from the Web for bereavement
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
March 25, 2014
And death and bereavement are hardly the only troubles that this conflict brings to a Palestinian childhood.Palestinian Children
Emily L. Hauser
June 29, 2012
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
You who knew her will realize the depth and extent of my bereavement.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Something to strive for we demand, even at the risk of bereavement.The Conquest of Fear
He remembered, just in time, to express regret at Miss Simpson's bereavement.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Loving her as he did, he was glad, and realized not his bereavement.Gloria and Treeless Street
Annie Hamilton Donnell
And you remember how pleasures mingle with pains in lamentation and bereavement?Philebus
- the condition of having been deprived of something or someone valued, esp through death
- a death
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Word Origin and History for bereavement
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