• WordNet 3.6
    • n bereavement state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bereavement The state of being bereaved; deprivation; esp., the loss of a relative by death.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bereavement The act of bereaving.
    • n bereavement The state of being bereaved; grievous loss; particularly, the loss of a relative or friend by death.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bereavement the fact or state of being so bereaved
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  • Iris Murdoch
    “Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.”
  • Victor Robinson
    Victor Robinson
    “Widows are divided into two classes -- the bereaved and relieved.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. beréafian, to plunder. See Reave.


In literature:

Bereaved yet happy America!
"A Compilation of Messages and Letters of the Presidents" by Editor: James D. Richardson
I cannot bear to think of all that this bereavement means to you.
"Lady John Russell"
"Literary and General Lectures and Essays" by Charles Kingsley
A fresh bereavement in his family had made Crabbe additionally anxious for change of scene and associations for his wife.
"Crabbe, (George)" by Alfred Ainger
When Dona Concepcion learned of her bereavement, her lamentations were tearless, her sorrow inconsolable.
"The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate" by Eliza Poor Donner Houghton
It went to my heart that they should be so bereaved.
"The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The bereaved husband and father was also a professor of religion.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The bereaved husband and father was also a professor of religion.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Our noblest families plunged into grief and bereavement!
"Through the Wall" by Cleveland Moffett
By gifts such as these they sought to gain my favour, but how might lady bereave three of life, so as to cherish one.
"French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France" by Marie de France

In poetry:

Curious, she crept to his grave one evening,
And a second time in the dusk of the morrow;
Then a third time, with crescent emotion
Like a bereaved wife's sorrow.
"A Woman's Fancy" by Thomas Hardy
'Tis good to suffer, as He knows whose hand
Mixes the bitterness for every cup,
No grief befals but love divine has planned,
Every bereavement cries to us, look up
"To My Friend" by Nora Pembroke
You sit bereaved, and I sit with you there
In sympathy, my soul and yours can meet;
Missing the face that was so very fair,
Missing the voice that was so very sweet.
"To My Friend" by Nora Pembroke
But still we yield thee to no stranger's care;
No unknown foe our tender love bereaves;
Thou goest the angels' hallow'd bliss to share,
A Father thy exalted soul receives!
"Elegy On Sophia Graham" by Matilda Betham
Sad passing bell! sad passing bell!
Sad hearts bereaved will throb and swell;
Ring out a knell, some dear one's dead,
The clay is cold, the spirit fled,
Ring out the knell!
"Bells" by Janet Hamilton
We lift our tearful eyes in sorrow's blindness,
And cry to him for very helplessness,
Then He reveals to us His loving kindness,
Even in bereavements 'tis His will to bless
"Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

Molina was placed on the bereavement list Friday after his wife's grandfather died.
Pirates closer Hanrahan placed on bereavement list after grandmother's death.
As many experts on grieving have argued—and as millions of bereaved individuals know—this 2-month limit is both arbitrary and misleading.
Children's Bereavement Network provides skills for lifetime.
One of the goals of the Upper Peninsula Children's Bereavement Network is to help grieving children realize they are not alone, and that in life, there is hope.
Morning News — Leslie Mielke Lucy Oliva, a freshman at Firth High School, completes a kimono for one of the 18 bereavement kits that were given to the Women's Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
Each bereavement kit will be given to a family whose baby died before birth.
Henry Blanco has been placed on the bereavement list.
The Bereavement Group of St Joseph Church, Jim Thorpe, will meet on Monday, Feb 1 at 7 pm in the church rectory at 526 North St. For more information, call the rectory at 570 325-3731.
The bereavement ministry of St Joseph Church, 526 North St, Jim Thorpe, will be hosting a free program, "Coping with the holidays after the loss of a loved one," on Monday, Oct 26 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Balloon lift-off ends Hospice bereavement camp.
Amanda Witmer is a bereavement care specialist with Hospice of Washington County.
This week his nephew backed calls to exhume and cremate Savile's body out of respect to other bereaved families.
Marquette County Quilt Association members, from left, Judy Parlato, Ragene Henry, Alice Johnson, and Kathy Peters display some of the bereavement Memory Bears they sewed for children of Camp Star held at Bay Cliff health camp in Big Bay.
People who suddenly lose loved ones can find the second year of bereavement is harder than the first year.