be·​reave·​ment | \ bi-ˈrēv-mənt How to pronounce bereavement (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web Kopech, who is 2-0 with a 1.78 ERA in three starts and 13 games, had been on the bereavement list last week., 31 May 2021 RHP JT Brubaker was placed on the bereavement List. Wes Crosby, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 RHP JT Brubaker was placed on the bereavement List. Wes Crosby, ajc, 30 May 2021 The plan would also ensure three days of bereavement leave annually starting in the first year of the plan's rollout. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 Usually, such films dose us with a bit of bereavement early on, to set the emotional stakes, and then go along their merry genre way. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 21 May 2021 Biden's proposal would also provide three days of bereavement leave annually. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 2 May 2021 In joining the small ranks of countries that offer miscarriage bereavement leave, such as India and the Philippines, and, in turn, helping to pave the way for others to follow suit, the island country was lauded. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 2 Apr. 2021 But there's actually widespread agreement within the bereavement community that grief doesn't happen in those five stages, Edelman says. Colleen Murphy,, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of bereavement

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bereavement

see bereave

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9 Jun 2021

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“Bereavement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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