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
Recent Examples on the Web RHP Frankie Montas was placed on the bereavement list and will make his Yankees debut Sunday in St. Louis. ... Larry Fleisher, ajc, 3 Aug. 2022 The Reds reinstated closer Hunter Strickland off the bereavement list on Monday. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 1 Aug. 2022 Additionally, the Tigers placed right-hander Will Vest on the paternity list, starting right-hander Beau Brieske on the 15-day injury list with right forearm soreness and reinstated right-hander José Cisnero from the bereavement list. Chandler Engelbrecht, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2022 In addition, Cubs reliever Chris Martin was reinstated from the restricted list after spending more than the maximum seven days on the bereavement list., 10 June 2022 Marte was away from the team following the death of his grandmother and was reinstated from the bereavement list before the game. Michael Kelly, Hartford Courant, 21 May 2022 Employees who have experienced bereavement can also benefit from ERGs that offer comfort, community and practical advice. Cara Mccarty, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Take Eugenia Kudya or Joshua Barbeau, both of whom, in desperate bereavement, trained chatbots to mimic the messaging patterns of recently-deceased loved ones. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 14 June 2022 For a comprehensive list of community bereavement resources, visit cleveland, 7 June 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Bereavement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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