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The grandfather of a 3-year-old client died 2 days ago. Based on an understanding of normal growth and development, the nurse anticipates hearing the young client make a comment such as:

1. "Grandfather would not have died if I had wished a little harder."
2. "Grandfather will be waiting for me when I die."
3. "Grandfather will be back to take me to the ballgame next week."
4. "Grandfather is gone, and now I have to be strong and not cry."

Explanation

Preschool children believe death is reversible. They do not have a developed sense of death, and they are unable to understand the permanent impact of death and dying. Children between 5-9 years of age believe wishes or unrelated actions can be responsible for death (option 1). Preschool children do not have a developed sense of death, and are unable to understand the permanent impact of death and dying. The responses in options 2 and 4 indicate the child is aware the death is permanent. Review concepts of major theorists, such as Piaget.

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