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 Catcher Austin Hedges is also going to be back from his bereavement leave and will be activated Tuesday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Tatis makes nothing spectacular; Munoz leveraging higher," 14 July 2019 The Brazilian returned to his homeland following a family bereavement, with Blaise Matuidi filling in during Saturday's victory over SPAL., "Juventus vs Bayer Leverkusen Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 29 Sep. 2019 Of Warwick’s 891 teachers, 383 were out for 10 days or more during the 2018-19 school year because of sickness, bereavement, maternity leave, legal matters or long-term illness, Superintendent Philip Thornton said this week., "WARWICK, R.I. — Forty-three percent of Warwick public school teachers were absent for 10 or more days last year — in a city that allows teachers up to 90 days of sick days a year.," 21 Sep. 2019 After her son’s death, Hagerty found a bereavement group and began volunteering with Catherine’s Cause. Mary Grace Keller,, "Candlelight vigil honors traffic fatality victims in Carroll County: ‘To remember is what makes us alive’," 6 Dec. 2019 But as archive volunteer Anne McLean reveals in a blog post for the National Railway Museum, the jilted author seems to have taken his bereavement in stride. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Charles Dickens Lost His Last Christmas Turkey to a Freak Fire," 20 Dec. 2019 The agreement would provide the biggest benefit to federal employees since the Clinton era, when Congress passed legislation in 1993 allowing them to use sick leave to care for family members with medical problems or for bereavement. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "Democrats leveraged Trump’s fixation on Space Force to pursue parental-leave victory for federal workers," 8 Dec. 2019 Nichole Stangel, the bereavement coordinator from Children’s who worked with the Andersons, also recognized Darrin’s hunger for an explanation. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After his son's mysterious death, a Wisconsin dad researched 6,000 rare diseases. Then doctors found the answer that saved his other child.," 26 Nov. 2019 In fact, every task Dexter undertakes is consciously assigned by Lange to work toward one of four goals that the child-life team works to meet: psychosocial, education, developmental or bereavement. Maggie Gordon,, "Facility dog Dexter cheers youngsters at Houston hospital," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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“Bereavement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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