be·​reave·​ment | \bi-ˈrēv-mənt, bē-\

Definition of bereavement 

: the state or fact of being bereaved or deprived of something or someone

Examples of bereavement in a Sentence

The following May, my wife and I flew to London for my father's funeral. Pam, determined to wrangle us an upgrade to business class on the strength of my bereavement, gave the British Airways ticketing clerk two passports and a sob story. — John Haney, Gourmet, January 2003 In the sections of her book that should prove an enduring contribution to the literature of grief, Ms. Gilbert recounts her free fall into widowhood, starting with that modern rite of bereavement, the erasing of the answering-machine message. — James S. Kunen, New York Times Book Review, 19 Mar. 1995 In any case, sadness and loss of interest and drive during periods of bereavement are expected and normal. If Mozart had not been upset by his parents' deaths, his wife's illnesses, and his separations from her, he would be less than human. — William A. Frosch, Musical Quarterly, 1990 a period of grief after bereavement people who have recently suffered bereavements
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According to Enterprise News, Scott has been stationed in Kosovo and was on bereavement leave following the death of his father. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Army pilot dies, brother injured in Massachusetts single-engine plane crash," 25 Aug. 2018 Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi was placed on the bereavement list Friday following the death of a family member. Julian Benbow,, "Red Sox place Andrew Benintendi on bereavement leave," 13 July 2018 Players placed on the bereavement list must miss at least three games but can not miss any more than seven. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Jake Marisnick talks about quick return to big leagues," 11 July 2018 The blog Pet Loss Help has published an expansive list of bereavement resources which includes numerous pet-loss support hotlines and information about support groups in different states, as well as additional online resources. Fox News, "Why death of your pet is difficult to bear," 29 June 2018 The then-23-year-old made his major-league debut in late May of that season, getting his first call-up after Michael Young was placed on the bereavement list. Nick Tricome,, "Where the current lineup was the last time the Phillies were on 'Sunday Night Baseball'," 25 June 2018 Schebler was placed on the bereavement list Thursday, but players must miss a minimum of three days. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds notebook: Lefty reliever Kyle Crockett passes his 1st test in bullpen," 23 June 2018 Newell returned to work after taking bereavement and sick leave. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Former employee sues ASU, claiming violation of federal medical leave law," 19 June 2018 The Marlins optioned right-handed pitcher Merandy Gonzalez to Double A Jacksonville to make room for Smith, who was reinstated from the bereavement list and started Monday’s game against the Giants. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Same old story. Marlins rally for come-from-behind win over Giants.," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of bereavement

1660, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bereavement

: the state of being sad because a family member or friend has recently died

: the death of a family member or friend

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