Part of speech: noun

The act of bereaving, or the state of being bereaved; an afflictive loss.

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Usage examples "bereavement":

  1. Nay, I must not consider even that great bereavement his final one; his call to go hence was itself the final agony of that tender, loving heart. - "Memoirs of James Robert Hope-Scott, Volume 2", Robert Ornsby.
  2. The shock of affliction has jarred our hearts; our expectations have come to naught; bereavement has broken up the routine of our life; or our own souls have surprised us with sudden revelations. - "Humanity in the City", E. H. Chapin.
  3. As I bent over their prostrate bodies my eyes grew dim with the sad tears of my great bereavement. - "My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War", Ben Viljoen.