Nightingale Tribute for an Angel Who Leaves Us

A couple of weeks ago an angel left us. We were very blessed to know her and to call her our friend. At her memorial service I heard the Nightingale Tribute for the first time.  A colleague gave a beautiful reading in tribute to our friend. RIP Arlene.

I was surprised to have not heard of this before. I have attended far too many memorials for nurses who have been friends and colleagues. 

In researching the Nightingale Tribute I found it had been written by a nurse for the Kansas State Nurses Association in 2003.

There is a whole program from which to pick and choose such as readings, white rose presentation, and candle lighting for families and friends to help honor their loved ones who were nurses. In case you’ve also never seen this, I wanted to share. It makes such a wonderful tribute when an angel leaves your life.

She Was There

When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed,
She was there.
In the excitement and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of
life, She was there.
When a silent glance could uplift a patient, family member of
friend, She was there.
At those times when the unexplainable needed to be explained,
She was there.
When the situation demanded a swift foot and sharp mind,
She was there.
When a gentle touch, a firm push, or an encouraging word was
needed, She was there.
In choosing the best one from a family’s “Thank You” box of
chocolates, She was there.
To witness humanity,
its beauty, in good times and bad, without
judgment, She was there.
To embrace the woes of the world, willingly, and offer hope,
She was there
And now, that it is time to be at the Greater One’s side,
She is there.
[Note: pronoun can be changed. ©2004 Duane Jaeger, RN, MSN]

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