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bereavement (noun) loss, by death, of a relative or a close friend.

When there is a death in the family, the surviving members of the family are bereaved. That is, they have lost a member of the family. 'They are mourning of bereavement in the family.' This means that a member of the family is dead, and the other members of the family are in a state of sorrow. No celebration takes place and no ceremony observed in bereavement.

  • The seminar had to forgo the contribution of Prof. Gibson, as he could not attend it following a bereavement caused by the death of his uncle.
  • The president's secretary has announced that during the two day mourning of bereavement in the president's family, all his appointments stand cancelled.
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