A suicide within your church will result in you being asked to answer the theological questions raised by the surviving family members and the wider church community.
The perspectives held by many churches have developed over recent years to reflect today’s more complete understanding of the complexities of suicide. Members of the clergy now have an opportunity to bring comfort to people bereaved by suicide by framing informed responses with sensitivity, compassion, grace and love.
The Flourish! Training Pathway includes a module on ‘Faith and Mental Health’ for exploring the relationship between theological understandings of suicide, mental health and pastoral support. This includes considering your church’s theological understanding and approach to suicide, mental health and pastoral support and preparing a church response to a suicide death.