The nurse discovers a hospice client has expired. The family members are assembled in the facility’s waiting room. Which of the following statements by the nurse would be the most appropriate?

  1. “My condolences on the passing of your family member. You may visit him if you wish.”
  2. “I will give you some time to spend with your loved one. Let me know if you need anything.”
  3. “You should view your loved one as a way of saying farewell.”
  4. “It would be best if you not view your loved one just yet.”
Number 1 is correct.
Rationale: In response 1, the nurse expresses sympathy, acknowledges the family’s loss, and leaves the decision to view their loved one with the family. The second and third responses assume the family wants to view their loved one. In the last response, the nurse makes the decision about the family viewing the body.