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
bere +ft -> bare + foot : because the person is no longer having his/her slippers.
bereft can be relate to the berieved families to whom we extend condolence because they are deprived or their near and dear ones