The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring Their Memory, Comforting Their Survivors

The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring Their Memory, Comforting Their Survivors

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To our knowledge nothing with The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring Their Memory, Comforting Their Survivors' scope and depth has ever been published. This is an aid to anyone who will be called upon to do a funeral for the nearly 43,000 suicides in America each year. This book is designed to assist clergy, chaplains, and other faith leaders as they develop sermons and homilies for a funeral service. Its mandate is to help those searching for inspiration even though they may feel confused or uncertain undertaking such a daunting assignment. Those who plan and lead a funeral service may enable family and friends to understand and participate intentionally in their grief process. Clergy can have a significant impact on how people react to the suicide as well as provide comfort and assistance to those left behind on their journey through grief. Your leadership will influence how the suicide's bereaved are treated by others in the days, weeks, and months following the death. Because suicide does not discriminate by race, socio-economic status, or religion, a broad range of faiths and denominations are represented in this book's sermons, services, and perspectives.

""After more than thirty years of serving the needs of those impacted by suicide I can finally refer clergy and those struggling with this challenging cause of death to a book that will help both the caregiver and those impacted by suicide. Approaching this death and offering compassion while overcoming the stigma that has been visited on those left behind is made possible though the gathered works contained in this manuscript. Thank you for this much needed contribution to our literature.""
--Frank Campbell, past president of the American Association of Suicidology

""I am grateful for this much needed resource created [by Melinda Moore] with the assistance of Rabbi Daniel Roberts. This book will be invaluable to any priest, pastor, rabbi, or imam who might have to help families navigate the pain and anguish caused when a loved one dies by suicide.""
--Marvin A. McMickle, President and Professor of Church Leadership, Colgate Rochester Crozer DivinitySchool

Melinda Moore, is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. She has conducted suicide treatment, as well as suicide bereavement research.

Daniel A. Roberts, DD, DMin, FT, is rabbi emeritus of Temple Emanu El in Cleveland, Ohio.His book,Clergy Retirement: Every Ending a Beginningis recently published.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498289580
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 592,919
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Melinda Moore, is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. She has conducted suicide treatment, as well as suicide bereavement research.

Daniel A. Roberts, DD, DMin, FT, is rabbi emeritus of Temple Emanu El in Cleveland, Ohio. His book, Clergy Retirement: Every Ending a Beginning is recently published.

Table of Contents

Poems Krislen Spexarth x

Contributors xiii

Foreword Robert F. Morneau xix

Preface Melinda Moore xxiii

Acknowledgments xxxi

Chapter 1 Addressing Suicide and Its Aftermath Melinda Moore, PhD 1

Chapter 2 Preparing a Eulogy or Memorial Service for One Who Died by Suicide Rabbi Daniel A. Roberts, DD, DMin, FT 12

Chapter 3 Sample Eulogies 19

The Civil Funeral Ceremony Ann M. Davies 19

Eulogy for Evan Rabbi Adam J. Raskin, Congregation Har Shalom 29

Homily for a Suicide From Depression John D. Corbett, OP, PhD 33

Michael G.'s Eulogy Dennis W. Spence 37

A Funeral Homily Father William Bausch 39

Death Provides Ron Edmondson 42

Serving Jewish Families of Suicide Rabbis Chaya Gusfield Lori Klein 45

Funeral Sermon and Service for Depression Kate Braestrup 48

In Loving Memory of Charles Kenneth M. Karen Covey-Moore 53

Funeral for a Person Who Died by Suicide Daymond Duck 56

A Sermon for a Death by Suicide Charles T. Rubey 61

Chapter 4 Perspectives 63

The Church and Suicide James T. Clemons 63

Suicide Through the Ages Rabbi Earl A. Grollman 69

Cultivating Connection, Compassion, and Confidence in Goodness Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron 74

Healing After Suicide Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron 79

Our Misconceptions About Suicide Father Ron Rolheiser 81

Breaking Silence, Breaking Bread Holly Toensing 83

Resources in Islam for Solace and Healing Jamal Rahman 93

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Donald M. Mackenzie 99

Notes in Response to a Suicide for a Clergy Person Rabbi Ted Falcon, Ph.D. 102

Reflections on Suicide in a Clergy Family Paul Tunkle 106

The Black Christian Church Bishop William Young 111

When Someone Takes His Own Life Norman Vincent Peale 114

Chapter 5 Resources, Order of Service, Music, etc. 116

An Interfaith Worship Service James T. Clemons 116

Celebrating the Life and New Life of N Diann L. Neu 119

Healing Memorial C. Karen Covey-Moore Anne Cronin Tyson, MA 123

Resources from the United Methodist Book of Worship 125

Serving Jewish Families of Suicide Rabbis Chaya Gusfield Lori Klein 132

Service of Death and Resurrection for a Seminary Student James T. Clemons, PhD 135

Chapter 6 Imagery and Ideas to Set the Emotional Tone 139

Chapter 7 Giving Voice to Pain Terry L. Smith, EdD 154

Chapter 8 Postvention Melinda Moore, PhD Rabbi Daniel Roberts, DD, DMin, FT 162

Chapter 9 Suicide and Spirituality Kenneth J. Doka, PhD 167

Chapter 10 Now What? Harold Ivan Smith, MA, EdS, FT, DMin 172

Some Suggested Resources 190

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