This video offers some ideas for designing a funeral or memorial service for someone who has died by suicide. It also includes a list of do’s and don’ts for reducing the chance of suicide contagion.
A memorial service, no matter how the person died, should be a time for healing and remembrance. It is not a time for judging.
Be sure to see the videos in the Caring Clergy Project “Making Referrals” Video Series to learn how to tell if your congregants need to be referred to a mental health professional, how to find appropriate mental health professionals for your congregants and how to make a good referral.