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mourning

 [mor´ning]
1. the normal psychological processes that follow the loss of a loved one; grief is the accompanying emotional state (see grieving). Four phases have been described: a short phase of numbness and denial, followed by a phase of yearning and protest marked by intense pining for the dead, followed by a phase of disorganization marked by pain and despair, ending in a phase of detachment and reorganization of love relationships that completes the work of mourning.
2. social expressions of grief, such as funeral and burial services, prayers, the wearing of black or other specific garments, or other rituals.

mourning

/mourn·ing/ (mor´ning)
1. the normal psychological processes that follow the loss of a loved one; grief is the accompanying emotional state.
2. social expressions of grief, such as funeral and burial services, prayers, or other rituals.

mourning

[mōr′ning]
Etymology: AS, murnan, to mourn
a response to the loss of a loved object. It is through mourning that grief is resolved. See also bereavement, grief.

mourning

Grief Psychiatry Reaction to a loss of a loved object–significant or important person, object, role, status, or anything considered part of one's life, which is a process of emotional detachment from that object, freeing the subject to find other interests

Mourning

The public expression of bereavement; it may include funerals and other rituals, special clothing, and symbolic gestures.
Mentioned in: Bereavement
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The remodelled procession started, with a chimney-sweep driving the hearse--advised by the regular driver, who was perched beside him, under close inspection, for the purpose--and with a pieman, also attended by his cabinet minister, driving the mourning coach.
Not so, Mopo," answered the king, "this is but the beginning; our mourning was merry to-day, it shall be merrier to-morrow.
The Lady Rowena must complete two years' mourning, as for a betrothed husband all our Saxon ancestors would disown us were we to treat of a new union for her ere the grave of him she should have wedded him, so much the most worthy of her hand by birth and ancestry is yet closed.
Things do not all happen in the same way," answered Don Quixote; "it all came, Sir Bachelor Alonzo Lopez, of your going, as you did, by night, dressed in those surplices, with lighted torches, praying, covered with mourning, so that naturally you looked like something evil and of the other world; and so I could not avoid doing my duty in attacking you, and I should have attacked you even had I known positively that you were the very devils of hell, for such I certainly believed and took you to be.
When that in over, you, sir, can return to Paris, while your wife passes the time of her mourning with her mother-in-law.
The word curricle made Charles Musgrove jump up that he might compare it with his own; the servant in mourning roused Anne's curiosity, and the whole six were collected to look, by the time the owner of the curricle was to be seen issuing from the door amidst the bows and civilities of the household, and taking his seat, to drive off.
As she was in mourning Princess Mary did not go out into society, and Nicholas did not think it the proper thing to visit her again; but all the same the governor's wife went on with her matchmaking, passing on to Nicholas the flattering things Princess Mary said of him and vice versa, and insisting on his declaring himself to Princess Mary.
Then through the darkness is heard the sad song of minstrels mourning for the dead.
I said to one of them, `If you mean she should put on mourning for George Moore, it seems to me more like his resurrection than his funeral; and if it's Dick you mean, I confess
Here, you see, death is looked upon as an event for which every one is prepared," said the doctor; "it brings no interruption to the course of family life, and they will not even wear mourning of any kind.
You knew him well,' she murmured, after a moment of mourning silence.
Graham, and she is in mourning - not widow's weeds, but slightish mourning - and she is quite young, they say, - not above five or six and twenty, - but so reserved