Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
By James T. Clemons, Ph.D., and Melinda Moore from the forthcoming, The Suicide Funeral (Authorhouse, 2011)
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) believe that it is wrong to take a life, even one’s own. They realize that a person who commits suicide may not be responsible for his or her acts due to various factors including mental illness. Only God can judge such a matter. LDS leaders are encouraged to compassionately console the family members of a person who has committed suicide. Together, family members and ecclesiastical leaders determine the place and nature of a funeral service for a person who has died under such circumstances. Church facilities may be used. The funeral should be a setting where the life of the deceased individual can be reflected upon appropriately and an uplifting gospel message be given. A person who has seriously considered suicide or has attempted suicide should be counseled by his or her church leader and may be encouraged to seek professional help.
- Quote from an LDS Church Handbook