A nurse runs into the significant other of a patient with end stage AIDS crying during her smoke break. Which of the following is most appropriate action for the nurse to take?
A. Allow her to grieve by herself.
B. Tell her go ahead and cry, after all your husband’s pretty bad off.
C. Tell her you realize how upset she is, but you don’t want to talk about it now.
D. Approach her, offering tissues and encourage her to verbalize her feelings.
Being left alone during the grief process, isolates individuals. These individuals need an outlet for their feelings and to talk to someone who is empathetic.