UnityPoint Health - Trinity Nursing Honor Guard
The UnityPoint Health - Trinity Nursing Honor Guard recognizes those individuals who have dedicated their lives to the profession of nursing.
Members of the Nursing Honor Guard consider it a privilege to participate in the memorial services of their fellow nurses. Who better deserves a final farewell than nurses who have dedicated their lives to caring for others in times of need? Nursing is a profession steeped in tradition. We use these traditions as symbols for those who have given so much and who have served so well.
Services of the Nursing Honor Guard are available at the family's request for any active or retired registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
Services are available within a 50-mile radius of the Quad Cities.
The Nursing Honor Guard will attend all services wearing the traditional white uniforms and black/blue capes.
The following Nursing Honor Guard services may be requested for either the funeral or the visitation.
"The Nightingale Prayer"
Originally written for "An International Tribute to Florence Nightingale at Scutari", the "Nightingale Prayer" is often recited to honor all who have dedicated their lives to Florence Nightingale's noble and compassionate vision of nursing. The "Nightingale Prayer" may be read at any time during the service.
"She Was There"
A poem written to memorialize a beloved nurse, "She Was There" reflects on the joys, sorrows, triumphs and struggles of nursing. It, too, can be read at any time during the service.
Casket Honor Guard
The Nursing Honor Guard may be posted at the head of the casket, silently paying their last respects. The Nursing Honor Guard will be exchanged at predetermined intervals during the visitation.
The Nursing Honor Guard may be requested to attend the visitation or funeral to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Final Call to Duty
The "Final Call to Duty" may be performed during the ceremony or visitation. The nurse's name and license number are called with a request to report to duty, as is tradition. With no response, the nurse's name and license number are called twice more before being officially retired. This is a final call for those who have served selflessly and dedicated their lives to nursing. Their tasks are complete, their duties are done and they are going home.
To request the presence of the UnityPoint Health - Trinity Nursing Honor Guard, please call (309) 779-5000.