- An ending—such as of a phase of life, a phase of a relationship, a job, or an activity
- People's recognition of the end of a phase, since a funeral involves people gathered for the purpose of recognizing and honoring the person who has died
- Grief or loss
- A feeling of losing a person, a relationship, a job, a project or activity, an experience, or way of being, etc.
- The idea of supporting someone who has experienced a loss or challenge