How do you write resolutions of condolence?


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Write resolutions of condolence to include an introduction, appropriate "whereas" statements, appropriate "therefore" statements, appropriate "be it resolved" statements and a conclusion. It is important to both write the resolutions and have them approved by the family of the deceased and the clergy before the funeral.

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The exact introduction to the resolutions of condolence depends on the relationship between the writer and the deceased. If you are part of the same church group as the deceased, the intro should declare that the members of the church are gathered alongside the family of the deceased to say goodbye and show respect for the surviving relatives. An introduction from a volunteer group or from work colleagues instead highlights the gratitude you have for the deceased and the respect you have for his positive impact on the community or in the workplace.

Follow this with "whereas" statements, where the word "whereas" is followed by a semicolon and then positive statements about the deceased. Such statements may range from his positive relationship with Jesus Christ to the love he showed for his family.

The "therefore" statements use phrases such as "therefore be it resolved" or "therefore let it be known," followed by statements about what the church, community or individuals plan to do in the wake of his passing. This includes promises to both mourn with the surviving family and embrace them in the time of need.

Elaborate on your final "therefore" statement to reiterate your commitment to these survivors and to share your condolences with them.

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