Church Funeral Resolutions

A Funeral Resolution Defined

What is a church funeral resolution? A funeral resolution is an official church document that is kept within the church archives for members of the congregation assembly. Depending on the denominations, funeral resolutions are usually required for all members who actively participate and serve in their church. The funeral resolution is written in a formal and very specific format which typically is followed precisely. There are some congregations that allow a suitable substitution for the funeral resolution such as a eulogy in its place but most follow the funeral resolution outline.

The funeral resolution is read at the church funeral service usually by a member of the clergy or pastoral staff and is also officially acknowledged by the church and family. There are specific aspects and detailed information that are essential for inclusion for 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.

The title of a funeral resolution 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 or statement of faith by acknowledging their relationship with God, followed by a specific 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 preceeded by the word "Whereas." An example of a Whereas statement in the funeral resolution might be "WHEREAS, Susan Williams was a faithful woman of prayer who loved the Lord. She was a very loyal woman who served willingly at church and others. She loved her family with a gentle and warm combination which only she possessed."

At the conclusion 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 Susan Williams, but will attempt to demonstrate her love for you."

You may also want to conclude with a short comforting statement to the family acknowledging their loss and that the deceased is in a place of eternal 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's recommended that you check with the church leadership to determine what type of specific format they require.The church will be able to provide you with further guidelines on how to write the funeral resolution should you require additional assistance. Some congregations may even have a preformatted funeral resolution that you can follow. The pastor or church elder may be able to guide you through the process of each statement.

The Funeral Program Site has an example of funeral resolutions and funeral resources relating to writing a funeral church resolution. 

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