What does the word bereavement mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Ben Viljoen