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Definition of Bereavement

Bereavement: The period after a loss during which grief is experienced and mourning occurs. The duration of bereavement depends on both how attached the person was to the person (or pet) who died, and the amount of preparation time anticipating the loss.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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