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Definition of bereavement:

  1. The state of being bereaved; deprivation; esp., the loss of a relative by death.

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hardship, blow, calamity, adversity, chastening, ill luck, distress, mishap, disaster, failure, misfortune, ill, mischance, lamentation, reverse, chastisement, visitation, misery, trouble, ruin, ill fortune, tribulation, misadventure, trial, disappointment, stroke, harm, affliction, mourning, sorrow.

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