Nightingale Tribute

“Nursing is a calling, a way of life. Nursing is a service profession that cannot be lived in isolation. Nurses rely on each other for the synergistic effort of teamwork in our efforts of care giving. It is appropriate that we honor our colleagues not only during their career, but also at the end of life’s journey.”

The Nightingale Tribute is a tribute to any registered nurse or licensed practical nurse for their years of service, to be given during the nurse’s funeral by a  nurse colleague or friend.

Nightingale Tribute Brochure

The Connecticut Nurses Foundation is proud to facilitate the Nightingale Tribute, to assist nurses in the state of Connecticut in honoring their colleagues and friends in their final moments. If you know of a friend, colleague, or family member who deserves to be recognized and honored for their commitment to nursing, please find the tribute below. Contact the Connecticut Nurses Foundation with any questions or concerns.


In the memory of a nurse that has passed.  Their name will be read at CT Nurses’ Associations Annual Membership meeting and a white rose will be placed in their honor.

CT Nurses’ Honor Guard

CT Nurses’ Honor Guard is a group of active and retired nurses who volunteer their time to honor fallen nurses by attending their funeral or memorial service and presenting a beautiful tribute.  It begins with the lighting of a candle on a Florence Nightingale lamp. A reading is done of a poem known as the Nightingale Tribute.  Once the reading is complete, the candle is extinguished, symbolizing relieving the nurse of her duties.  The lamp, a copy of the tribute, and a white rose are then given to a pre-identified family member.  The entire tribute is only a few minutes long, is free of charge to the family and can be performed at the graveside, at the funeral home, or a location of the family’s choice

Honor Guard Tribute

Tribute for a passed nurse



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