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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

Comments

06/14/2014 at 4:45 PM
Euniece ONeal Brenchley
I am constantly troubled with thoughts of suicide. I have struggled with this problem for many years! I would like to find some relief and sense of peace! I've tried counseling at Family Services to no avail. I have prayed and pleaded with the Lord to help me with this problem...to no avail. I realize that it is all up to me...but feel I can't do it alone!! Since being treated for breast cancer and dealing with a very troubled marriage it seems to be getting worse! Any counsel would be appreciated!
02/22/2014 at 8:42 AM
Rayonna Hale
I am a member of the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" and a survivor of a mother who committed suicide when I was 16. I did not have the gospel knowledge at that time. Suicide may be a result of mental illness which leaves a person not in full capacity to think or choose appropriately. I personally know of the effects of this upon the lives of parents, spouses, children, grandchildren and friends left behind after one takes their own life in despair. Again, the Lord knows the heart and mind of the one who has made this choice and we must not judge only love and comfort and let grieve those left behind and give encouragement of healing through the eternal love of our Savior. Rayonna Hale Feb. 22, 2014
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