How To Write Funeral Resolutions

When confronted with the task of organizing a funeral for a loved one, it is always a good idea to include a funeral resolution as part of the service.  Traditionally a funeral resolution is part of a religious funeral service. A funeral resolution follows a particular format and will be a part of the church’s official records.

The difference between a Funeral Resolution and a Eulogy

Both are similar nature, although they are distinctly different types of funeral tributes.  Usually in a church setting, the funeral resolution is delivered as a speech talking about the deceased’s relationship with his “Creator” or “God”.  When delivered the tone is more serious.  Typically the funeral resolution is delivered by a member of the clergy or pastoral staff may present it as well.  It is also acceptable for a close friend or family member to present the funeral resolution as well.

While a funeral resolution is more serious, a eulogy is more light hearted.  It is a speech with stories, anecdotes and shared memories about the loved one’s life.  Typically a close friend or immediate family member  (A spouse, parent, child or sibling) delivers a eulogy.

When thinking about the funeral resolution, its usually easier if the funeral service is held at the same religious institution your loved one attended.  It is advisable to contact the church to find out specific format instructions for the funeral resolution.


The Different Parts of the Funeral Resolution

The funeral resolution should have certain pieces of information included. You should contact your loved one’s church pastor or a staff member to find out the length of time they were an active member, the name of the church, their involvement and any personal stories related to the church.

After gathering this information, it should be included into 5 distinct parts.

  1. Title: Your loved one’s name. (e.g. Resolution in Loving Memory of . . . )
  2. Introduction of Faith: It must be stated that the deceased was a person serving the Lord and that he/she has died.
  3. Whereas Statements:  The whereas statements give the reason for the funeral resolution. Begin each statement with “Whereas” along with attributes of your loved one.  Bible verses are often included. You can include as many whereas statements as you like, although it is best to keep it under 2 pages.
  4. Therefore Statements:  You will include relevant information about your loved one like the who, what, when and where.  You will usually find 1 or 2 Therefore statements in a funeral resolution.
  5. Conclusion:  The funeral resolution can be concluded with a Bible verse or even a complimentary closing. (e.g. Respectfully submitted by . . . )


Presenting the Funeral Resolution

You will most likely be notified by the clergy or close family member about when and where to present your funeral resolution.  The family may even receive a certificate or plaque by the church. Practicing your funeral resolution in front of a mirror will help. Showing emotion is fine and remember to present the funeral resolution from the heart.

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