I work in a hospital and see patients (usually) just a few times when they are inpatient and I have no follow up with these folks after discharge. Occasionally there are those people who you just seem to form a bond or connection with almost instantly.
Over the past week or so I've had one of those situations. Met the patient and his significant other and, for whatever reason, just hit it off from the start. He's going to be DCd this week and I won't be involved in his ongoing care. She (significant other) gave me her phone number and asked me to get in touch with them - if that's appropriate with my job. She did not ask for my personal number, which I found very considerate...just another reason I like these folks.
So the question is, am I crossing some professional or ethical line by striking up a friendship with these people?