bereft - Dictionary definition and meaning for word bereft
bereft = beer + left and therefore DEPRIVED of beer
be+reft--reft sounds like left, imagine a man who is left alone after his girlfriend left him or deprived of someone lovable.
a man deprived of something drinks BEER
He raped her and stole all her clothes, leaving her naked. He LEFT her BARE and F'd. She was BARE F'd.
bereft can be relate to the berieved families to whom we extend condolence because they are deprived or their near and dear ones