Nurses Honor Guard of South Carolina
The Nurses Honor Guard of South Carolina was founded in June 2019 by Stormy Shealy, a Registered Nurse in the Upstate of South Carolina. We began with just 6 nurses covering South Carolina. In less than 5 years we have grown to just over 300 volunteer nurses encompassing 11 chapters that serve the state of South Carolina.
We are nurses who volunteer our time to pay tribute to nurses at the time of their death by performing the Nightingale Tribute at the funeral or memorial service. This service is steeped in tradition and is similar to a military tribute and officially releases the nurse from their nursing duties. Our tribute lasts about 5 minutes. There is never a charge to the family for our services.
The Nurses Honor Guard of South Carolina will:
-Attend all services wearing the traditional white uniform, cap and cape
-Stand guard at the casket and provide a presence at the services (per family request)
-Perform the Nightingale Tribute at the funeral or memorial service
-Present the Florence Nightingale lamp to the family
-Perform Last Call to Duty
This ceremonial tribute is offered free of charge for any South Carolina resident who was an RN, LPN or APRN active or retired, who holds a nursing license in good standing with the Board of Nursing from their home state or the state of South Carolina. Their license can be non-active if they were retired, as long as it was in good standing with their Board of Nursing.
In addition to the above services, we also offer a Living Tribute for the nurse who is still living. This heartfelt ceremony celebrates their contributions and dedication to the nursing profession. During the tribute, participating nurses are dressed in traditional white uniforms, and perform the Living Tribute service for the nurse and her family. This service is offered for the nurse who is toward the end-of-life but still alert.
The Nurses Honor Guard ensures that nurses receive recognition and respect both during their lifetime and after their passing.
We are a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization. We are staffed strictly by both working and retired nurses who volunteer their time to pay respect and to honor our nurse-colleagues. Any donations are tax-deductible, and a written receipt will be sent. Donations are used to purchase the lanterns, the boxes, white roses, bells and other items needed to perform our service. Each nurse purchases their uniform, cap and cape at their own expense and volunteers their personal time to perform our tribute service. If we have money left after the above supplies, we will offer a scholarship or other financial assistance to a student nurse(s) through the Nurses Honor Guard of South Carolina Scholarship Program.
If you are donating in honor of a particular nurse, please be sure and include the family contact information in your note so that we can let them know of your donation.
The Nurses Honor Guard of South Carolina recognizes those individuals who have dedicated their lives to the profession of Nursing. The purpose of this organization is to provide comfort to the family and let them, as well as the community, know the value of each nurse we are honoring.
The Nurses Honor Guard of South Carolina considers it a privilege to participate in the memorial services of fellow nurses and celebrate their years of service.
Active and retired nurses volunteer their time to honor the professional community of nurses.
Our core values
Nurses have the gift of nurturing and uplifting others in demonstrating respect for all humans during their rendering of selfless service and empathy for those in need.
We offer our services throughout the state of South Carolina at no cost to the families.
We will recognize our nurse colleague by performing our Nightingale tribute with honor and respect.
To request our services email us at NursesHonorGuardSC@gmail.com
If you are a nurse (RN, LPN, APRN) interested in learning more about becoming a member, just email us at the above address and ask us to send you and “Information Letter”. You will need to read and respond to the Information Letter as per instructions in the letter.
All donations are tax deductible. If you would like a receipt, please include your mailing address when donating. If you are donating in honor of a particular nurse and wish us to notify the family of your donation, please include the family address in your notes. Proceeds will be used for supplies for services such as the lanterns, the wooden boxes that hold the lanterns, candles, white roses, bells, rack cards and business cards. Annual scholarships or other means of help are offered to a Nursing Student in South Carolina when funds allow. Nurses participating in the service will incur all costs associated with uniforms, cape and cap.