The Experience of Bereavement in Caregivers of Family Members With Alzheimer's Disease
Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 172–176, September 1992
How to Cite
Jones, P. S. and Martinson, I. M. (1992), The Experience of Bereavement in Caregivers of Family Members With Alzheimer's Disease. Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 24: 172–176. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.1992.tb00714.x
- Issue published online: 2 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
- Accepted for publication February 17, 1992.
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.