December 16, 2012 - Word of the Day
A person experiences grief when a loved one* dies. Grief is felt for a parent, a spouse, a sibling, a child, or a friend who has passed away. Many people also feel grief when the loss involves a family pet such as a dog or a cat.
- The family felt tremendous grief following the death of their daughter.
- The man's grief was so overwhelming that he couldn't speak.
- Andrea felt very little grief when her husband died because she never really loved him.
- The family is managing its grief very well.
The word "grieve" is a verb:
- They're grieving the loss of their mother.
- Members of a hospital staff see people grieve every day.
- Mary grieved over the death of her beloved cat for months.
The word "grief" can also be an adjective:
- A grief counselor worked with the children following the incident.
- The woman required grief counseling after her husband died.
* loved one: a person whom you love, usually a family member or a very close friend.
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