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Definition of bereavement:

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


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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