Faith and Suicide Module

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Learning Objectives

The aim of the module is to explore the relationship between theological understandings of suicide, mental health and pastoral support.

Learners will:

  1. Identify and consider their church’s theological understanding and approach to suicide, mental health and pastoral support.
  2. Identify the particular role of clergy after a suicide.
  3. Prepare a church response to a suicide death.
  4. Have greater confidence, knowledge and awareness of the most appropriate approaches to conducting a funeral of a person who has died by suicide.

Duration: 2-hour session

Training Programme

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Discussion: Sharing and discussion on theological understandings and approaches to suicide, mental health and pastoral support in different churches.
  • What is the particular role of clergy after a suicide? – Building a list and discussion
  • Presentation and Discussion: Conducting a Funeral(Guidelines Section 5)
  • Planning: Preparing a Church Response to a Suicide Death