If you've been asked to write a funeral resolution by the church of the deceased, you may not know exactly what is involved and what to write in a funeral resolution. It generally follows a very specific format as outlined below in our example of a funeral resolution. Some congregations may allow you to submit an alternative version with it being similar to a eulogy format. As you can see in this sample, the name of the deceased is referred to quite often.
It's best to check with the Pastor or clergy at the church requesting the funeral resolution to be sure you include all the information that is required. There are 4 sections to a funeral resolution which includes the title, whereas statements, be it resolved statements and concluding paragraph. The following is an example of a traditional funeral resolution:
Church Resolution In Loving Memory of Jane W. Smith
No matter what your trials are, or how big your mountain seems;
The Lord is there to see you through; He’ll go to all extremes.
So if your cross seems hard to bear, and you know not what to do;
The One who loves you most of all will be there to see you through.
We, the members of Shiloh Community Church, want the family to know that our hearts are with you as we gather to bid a Christian good-bye to a sister and woman of faith, Mrs. Jane W. Smith, the mother of Lisa Anne Smith and the grandmother of Sam and Theresa Thomas who are also active members, participants, and willing workers for Christ.
WHEREAS, Jane W. Smith professed a hope in Christ in her early years of adulthood and was an active and regular supporter of her church.
WHEREAS, Jane W. Smith was a reverent woman of prayer who loved the Lord. A very loyal and faithful person who served her family to follow her example. She loved her family with a gentle, yet stern combination which only she possessed.
WHEREAS, not only is this a loss of a devoted mother, but also a confident counselor and closest of friends. A person who was always available to share an encouraging word and demonstrate strong support to those in need.
WHEREAS, the passing of our beloved sister in Christ is the will of God and there is a human tie that has been broken which bleeds the heart in agony and pain. We are encouraged and consoled in the words of Jesus who said, “I will never leave thee nor forsake them”.
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 Jane W. Smith, but will attempt to demonstrate her love for you.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a period of official mourning will be observed for 30 days by the setting aside of a special seat to acknowledge the passing of our precious sister Jane W. Smith.
To the family of Jane W. Smith, 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.
When it is all over, we would like you to remember:
In case there’s a time when you just need some cheer,
In case there’s a problem you would like us to hear,
In case there’s a favor you would like us to do-
We’re here if you need us to help see you through.
Humbly submitted on this 2nd day of February 2007,
The Elders and Members of the Shiloh Community Church, Littletown, California
Pastor James Gravelli