Definition of bereavement in US English:



  • The action or condition of being bereaved.

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