What is a funeral resolution? A funeral resolution is an official church document that is stored in the church archives for a member or regular attendee in the congregation. Funeral resolutions are usually required for all members and people who actively participate and serve in church. The funeral resolution is written in a very specific format which typically is followed closely. Although there are some congregations that may allow a substitution for the funeral resolution like that resembling a eulogy for the deceased, most follow the general outline of the funeral resolution.
The funeral resolution is read at the church funeral service and is also officially acknowledged by the church and family. There are specific aspects and information that need to be included in funeral resolutions. The sections or parts of a funeral resolution are the title, whereas statements, resolve statements and concluding comforting paragraph to the bereaved family members.
An example of a funeral resolution title can be “A Resolution of Respect for …(the name of the deceased)” or “A Resolution in Loving Memory of…” (the name of the deceased). It is then followed by a short introduction of faith by acknowledging their relationship with God, followed by a biblical selection reading and hymn.
The “Whereas Statements” help explain the decease’s relationship with God, service to the church, community, and family support. Each of these items noted are preceded by the word “Whereas.” An example of a Whereas statement in the funeral resolution might be “WHEREAS, Jane W. Smith was a reverent woman of prayer who loved the Lord. A very loyal and faithful person who served her family to follow her example. She loved her family with a gentle, yet stern combination which only she possessed.“
Lastly, you must include details as to what the resolution is. These statements begin with “Therefore be it resolved…” or Be it further resolved…” prior to the details. An example of a funeral resolution statement might be “THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we embrace the family because all of us have a common bond that will connect us for the rest of your lives. We can not replace Jane W. Smith, but will attempt to demonstrate her love for you.“
You may want to conclude with a short comforting statement to the family stating of their loss and that the deceased in a place of peace and rest. An example of a concluding paragraph might be “To the family, we know your loss is deep and your sorrow is great, but we want you to know that we share in your sorrow, but more importantly, we recognize that this loss is Heaven’s Gain.”
It is best to check inquire with the church to determine what type of format they require.The church will be able to provide you with further guidelines on how to write the funeral resolution. Some congregations may even have preformatted funeral resolutions that you can follow. The pastor or church elder will be able to guide through the process of each statement.