An acute state of intense psychological sadness and suffering experienced after the tragic loss of a loved one or some priceless possession. [M.E., bireven, to deprive, + -ment]

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be·reave·ment (bə-rēvґmənt) a deprivation causing grief and desolation, especially the death or loss of a loved one. The period of grief and mourning following a bereavement often resembles clinical depression, but is a normal response. See also mourning.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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, (especially of friends by death)

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