Luminary bags with special messages of support and affection will light up the night outside of hospitals, homes and in neighborhoods Tuesday to mark Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday and to recognize nurses and health care workers throughout West Michigan.
Steve Marzolf, Chief Nursing Officer at Spectrum Health Pennock explains:
Spectrum Health Pennock is asking community members to decorate and light luminary bags for special health care workers in their life May 12 at 9 p.m. to join in a reverent display of solidarity and appreciation.
Hospitals will have luminaries placed by employees, but community member luminaries should be displayed at home.
“The luminary event is a way for our communities to come together in gratitude while respecting social distancing and show nurses how much we appreciate their life-saving work and compassion,” said Angela Ditmar, regional president. “Now more than ever, nurses and all health care workers provide critical care in keeping our patients safe and healthy.”
People are asked to personalize and decorate their luminary bags by writing the name of their special health care worker or nurse along with a short message. Items from around the house can be used such as a tea light or other candles along with lunch bags, mason jars or milk jugs.
Photos or short videos of family members decorating their bags and lighting their luminaries can be shared by messaging or posting in the comments on the Spectrum Health Pennock Facebook page.
The event will culminate nursing week activities that will include a virtual Blessing of Hands ceremony Tuesday, May 12 performed by Pennock chaplain, Tod Clark. Spectrum Health nurses are also receiving a special car/window decal, along with being recognized in various celebrations at all Spectrum Health hospitals.