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This paper reports an analysis of the bereavement experience described by 13 caregivers of family members with Alzheimer's disease. Utilizing the constant comparative method, four patterns of experience and two major concepts describing bereavement were identified. Two stages of bereavement are described: The first during caregiving and the second following the death of the family member. Findings support the need for professional intervention for caregivers during the caregiving period, which may also be a time of intense bereavement.