Definition of bereavement in English:

bereavement

noun

  • [mass noun] The action or condition of being bereaved:

    ‘there is no right way to experience bereavement’
    [count noun] ‘the family suffered a sad bereavement’
    • ‘Sympathy was expressed to all the families connected with the club who suffered bereavements during the year gone by.’
    • ‘We also found that contact with the recipient and his family can help in the adjustment to bereavement and loss.’
    • ‘This programme is to help people to come to terms with loss through bereavement or separation.’
    • ‘Have you suffered a loss through bereavement and feel you could do with someone to talk to?’
    • ‘Adults who work in schools can do much to help children deal with loss and bereavement.’
    death in the family, loss, passing, passing away, passing on, demise, decease, end, expiry, expiration
    loss, deprivation, dispossession, privation
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Pronunciation

bereavement

/bɪˈriːvm(ə)nt/