What Is the Meaning of a Funeral Resolution?

The meaning of a funeral resolution is to provide a rite of passage for the surviving members of a deceased family member and allows the family's church to officially offer its support and to mourn the passing of the deceased family member. The funeral resolution is separate from the eulogy, which is specifically intended to honor and celebrate the life of the deceased.

While the exact phrasing of a funeral resolution may vary, each resolution contains a title, an introduction, the whereas statements, the resolutions themselves and the official statement made at the end. Those asked to give the resolution typically consult with the family of the deceased to gather and verify information as needed.

The title of the resolution typically contains the word "resolution" and the name of the deceased, along with a description of the resolution or the deceased. An example is "Resolution in Loving Memory of Christopher Jenkins."

Introductions typically note the close relationship between God and the deceased and, optionally, biblical passages or funeral poems favored by the deceased.

The "whereas" section is a series of statements beginning with the word "whereas" and noting the accomplishments of the deceased and his relationship with his spiritual and material family.

The resolutions indicate what the church congregation plans to do to resolve the death, such as vowing to continue its love and support for the family and to observe a period of mourning for a set number of days.

The official statement is a proclamation acknowledging the resolution that may be kept in Church archives. This typically includes another funeral poem or scripture to provide closure for the family and ends with "humbly submitted" or "respectfully submitted."