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  • The Lord never sends you more than you can bear— That was an ancient Maycomb phrase employed by its fragile ladies who sat up with corpses, supposed to be profoundly comforting to the bereaved.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • When the move was completed there were ten pups at this second den, all much of a size and age and, as far as Ootek could tell, all treated with identical care and kindness by the several adults, now including the bereaved male.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "Heavenly Father," he intoned in a hollow-sounding voice, "we ask you this morning to comfort us in our bereavement.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • There was something actually indecent about the idea, like laying siege to a recently bereaved widow.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Couldn’t take a bereavement day off work.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • They are mostly bereaved family members.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • But if the guy has any questions, and he may, what I’d like to do is refer him to you—give him your number, eldest son, mother recently bereaved, blah blah blah —"
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Noise and activity are the refuges of the bereaved and the guilty.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • JULY 27, 1943 Michael Holtzapfel was buried and the book thief read to the bereaved.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • In the corner of a sitting room in her house, Shizuka would keep a small shrine to Mutsuhiro, a tradition among bereaved Japanese families.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • And me a bereaved widow, practically.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The night was railing against the morning of which it was bereaved, and the cold was cursing the warmth for which it hungered.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Yossarian was unmoved by the fustian charade of the burial ceremony, and by Milo’s crushing bereavement.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Two days later, halfway through the service, it seemed as though Ruth was going to be the lone member of the bereaved family there.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Enoch’s devotion to the new faith had seemed so much greater than Mr. Brown’s that the villagers called him the outsider who wept louder than the bereaved.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • ’Good Lord!’ says he, ’Camilla, what can it signify so long as the poor bereaved little things are in black?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • But she hadn’t waited and he attended her funeral more put out with her than bereaved.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • The latter’s distraction at his bereavement is a subject too painful to be dwelt on; its after-effects showed how deep the sorrow sunk.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He sat up and looked round him, bewildered, stupefied—a bereaved stare.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • I longed to be his; I panted to return: it was not too late; I could yet spare him the bitter pang of bereavement.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Then with a mutual impulse the two bereaved women flung themselves into each other’s arms and had a good, consoling cry, and then parted.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • It is also true that, in some instances, trauma, in the shape of early separation or bereavement, has steered the potentially creative person toward developing aspects of his personality which can find fulfillment in comparative isolation.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The letter, after expressing gratitude to the townspeople for having opened their "homes and hearts" to the bereaved family, turned into a plea.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The first three phone numbers on the list had produced terrifying results—a hysterical widow, a detective working late at a murder scene, and a somber priest consoling a bereaved family.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The first one is the bereaved, the mother; she carries a small black jar.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Leaving the bereaved old man alone with his sorrows, Duncan immediately returned into the open air, too much excited himself to seek the repose he had recommended to his veteran friend.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • As a member of the family, one of the bereaved, he was the object of a great deal of attention.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Aye, and cry aloud for the man who is dead, for the woman and children bereaved.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • The tone of their protests had been Annie’s exactly , not bereavement but outrage.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Of course, at the precise moment of terror, bereavement, or physical pain, you may catch your man when his reason is temporarily suspended.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Even organ-grinders earn their living, and everyone will see at once that we are different, that we are an honourable and bereaved family reduced to beggary.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • There were Hallmark cards for bereavement, for loss of a beloved pet, for getting laid off from a job, but no one seemed to have the right words of comfort for someone whose son had just killed ten people.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind and that of the minds of the ones who suffer the bereavement.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • ’I was aware that you sustained a bereavement, sir, some time ago,’ said Mr. Chillip.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I went with a burdened spirit, and happened to sit next a poor, bereaved mother, whose heart was still heavier than mine.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • It’s really easier to face bereavement, dishonor, and the perdition of one’s soul—than this kind of prolonged hunger.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • But while poor Silas’s loss served thus to brush the slow current of Raveloe conversation, Silas himself was feeling the withering desolation of that bereavement about which his neighbours were arguing at their ease.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Due to the Whites’ near-fanatical fundamentalist religious beliefs, Mrs. White had no friends to see her through her period of bereavement.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • At any rate we could send him to the guillotine first to cool his ardour, then, when there is a diplomatic fuss about it, we can apologise—humbly—to the British Government, and, if necessary, pay compensation to the bereaved family.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • And many complaints were made unto Sir Arthur of great wrongs that were done since the death of King Uther, of many lands that were bereaved lords, knights, ladies, and gentlemen.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Then something like a bereaved affection and self-pity swept over him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • But for Ira, John, and Rene, the personages who mattered were the three bereaved "Gold Star" mothers.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Mostly the bereaved pick a verse.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • A bereaved expression crossed his face, as if he were someone attending the funeral of a close friend.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • And many complaints were made unto Sir Arthur of great wrongs that were done since the death of King Uther, of many lands that were bereaved lords, knights, ladies, and gentlemen.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Fury and pride in the bereaved are curbed when he accepts the penalty.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Yet he was pursuing his ordinary avocations, smiling mechanically to fellow-tradesmen, and arguing with bargainers—as bereaved men do after a while.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • All ages and sexes went visiting, honeymooners, young mothers showing off new babies, convalescents, the bereaved, girls whose parents were anxious to remove them from the dangers of unwise matches, girls who had reached the danger age without becoming engaged and who, it was hoped, would make suitable matches under the guidance of relatives in other places.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • That bereaved lady, fifteen years older than he, fell presently at deadly feud with her only relative, Lady Scadgers; and, partly to spite her ladyship, and partly to maintain herself, went out at a salary.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I mean, is there no mourning in the home of the bereaved that such blasphemy is permitted?
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
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