To be an organ and tissue donor is an incredible act of kindness that should be honored in a special way. The Indiana Donor Network Honor Guard is offered to donor families and funeral directors as a way for families to honor their loved ones during their funeral service.

Through this program, Indiana Donor Network offers the families of donor heroes a chance to honor and celebrate their loved ones’ lifesaving gifts through a brief ceremony at the beginning of their funeral or memorial service. 

The Donor Honor Guard ceremony is performed by Indiana Donor Network trained volunteer advocates, all of whom have a special connection to donation and transplantation. 

The ceremony itself includes three components:

  1.  The reading of a moment of silence provided by the family.
  2.  A rose dedication.
  3.  The reading of the poem “My Final Gift.” 

To schedule the Donor Honor Guard for a donor family you are serving, please click on “Schedule Now” below. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mackenzie Hughey, Indiana Donor Network’s funeral director liaison, at or 317.439.9488.

Thank you for your assistance in arranging the Donor Honor Guard ceremony for the family of the donor hero you are serving. As far in advance of the service as possible, please complete the form below.

Donor Honor Guard Request Form
Donor Name
Donor Name
Funeral Home Address
Funeral Home Address

Please work with the family to complete a "moment of silence" to be read during the Donor Honor Guard ceremony.

A "moment of silence" is a short passage that will be read aloud during the ceremony.
See below for examples.

Moment of Silence Examples

If you need guidance helping families write a Moment of Silence, we’ve provided some examples below. Please note, you will not need to do this for every family. Indiana Donor Network will let you know when this is applicable.