a period of mourning after a loss, especially after the death of a loved one: The widow had many visitors during her bereavement.
a state of intense grief, as after the loss of a loved one; desolation.
deprivation or loss by force (usually fol. by of ): The hurricane left a trail of bereavement of ordinary people.

1725–1735;bereave + -ment Unabridged
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bereavement (bɪˈriːvmənt)
1.  the condition of having been deprived of something or someone valued, esp through death
2.  a death

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Word Origin & History

1731, from bereave + -ment.
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Example sentences
Expert-reviewed report about grief, bereavement, and feelings of loss in
  survivors of someone who has died of cancer.
It had taken me three years of bereavement to be ready to accept another dog
  into my life.
How she will react to her bereavement is uncertain.
Her honest and harrowing account about her son's untimely death will resonate
  with anyone who has endured such bereavement.
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