Funeral resolutions are documents that memorialize a deceased person by detailing their relationship to God, their family and community. A pastor or other clergy member reads the resolution during the funeral, and then officially acknowledges it with a signature before submitting it to the church’s archives. Resolutions are more formal than eulogies and follow a specific outline.
A member of the clergy that is presiding over the funeral usually delivers the resolution. While family members or friends often deliver eulogies that have a casual tone, resolutions are more serious and place a greater importance on the deceased person’s relationship with God. Resolutions do not usually include stories about the person's life as eulogies often do.
Resolutions include a title, introduction, whereas statements, therefore statements and official acknowledgement. Introductions outline the deceased person's religion and acknowledge their passing. Bible verses or poems are often included.
The whereas statements intend to justify the actions that are outlined in the therefore statements. Whereas statements can include contributions the deceased made to the community, examples of their commitment to their church, details of their relationship with God, or comments about how the death of the person has affected the family and community.
The therefore statements detail what actions should be taken by those in attendance at the funeral. These statements can be very specific, including outlining a period of mourning to be observed by the congregation, or more general, such as showing support to the grieving family.
Funeral resolutions end with an official acknowledgement that may include more bible verses, and a conclusion that expresses love for the deceased.