Family presence during resuscitation, while discussed and championed by numerous health care organizations remains an inconsistent practice in many emergency departments, including the one examined in this study. Nurses who participated in this grounded theory study reported support and advocacy for family presence. Family members were regarded a valuable resources for the patient and health care team. The nurses discussed the importance of families being together and working together with the health care team in the resuscitation effort. The social process that emerged from the study was connecting in crisis. Facilitating family presence via policy development was not palatable to the participants. Rather, an overarching belief in the importance of family presence and a situational assessment of resuscitation, patient, family, and team was deemed as necessary prior to family inclusion.