Bereaved is an adjective describing people in deep sorrow at the loss of a loved one. For some, being bereaved helps them leave the sadness or release themselves from it by experiencing it for awhile.

From the Old English berēafian, meaning "deprive of," bereaved describes the loss you feel when someone you love dies. You are suddenly deprived of the person's presence, and missing and mourning leads to being bereaved. Losing a pet causes similar feelings, and you can be bereaved when a person goes away but is still alive. Loss and separation even in life are still reason to be bereaved over the absence. If someone leaves and you miss them deeply, you may be bereaved.

Definitions of bereaved
  1. adjective
    sorrowful through loss or deprivation
    synonyms: bereft, grief-stricken, grieving, mourning, sorrowing
    experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss
  2. noun
    a person who has suffered the death of someone they loved
    “the bereaved do not always need to be taken care of”
    synonyms: bereaved person
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