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ARTICLES:

* Left Behind: Ministering to Survivors After a Suicide by Victor M. Parachin,
from
Enrichment Journal (Assemblies of Christ USA)


Prepare yourself emotionally and spiritually. To be the best possible caregiver and supporter, pastors need to engage in self-reflection to be certain they can approach a suicide survivor in a healthy, balanced way free of cultural stigmas about suicide. … Make your presence known and felt. As soon as you hear about a suicide, call, or better yet, visit. Let survivors know you are there to care and share in any way you can. Being there is vital because many people falsely view suicide as evidence of personal and family failure. … Do not underestimate the power of presence. At first, you may feel there is nothing you can do and nothing you can say to help a suicide survivor. Override those feelings of fear and hesitation and replace them with your gentle voice of support, understanding, and compassion. Your presence will generate healing and hope. … Be a good listener. When there has been a suicide, some people feel uncomfortable simply listening, and quickly say something to “make things better.” Do not succumb to the temptation to talk. Sit quietly by your grieving friend and listen. In so doing, you create space for your friend to talk about his or her pain. Do not change the subject and do not inject superficial advice. As you listen, work at combining good listening skills with offering empathy.




* Church has key role in preventing suicide by Tom Bowden from:                                     April 01, 2012


Churches have an important role to play in assisting those affected by suicide and depression, Australian religious leaders say. … Salvation Army Hope for Life liaison officer Hennie Watts said churches must do all they can to promote discussion about suicide prevention.




* Reaching Out to Survivors of Suicide By Candy Arrington, Christian Broadcast Network CBN.com Grief Ministry


As if the death of a loved one weren’t enough to handle, suicide survivors must deal with the social stigma attached to suicide. In general, people do not know how to react to or comfort suicide families. Suicide is akin to a sort of social leprosy …

Many Christians do not know how to respond to suicide, and in their ignorance, often do more harm than good. Often, Christians feel compelled to pass judgment on the circumstances of the death and speculate about whether the victim is in heaven or hell. This is never appropriate. … You can be the most helpful to survivors by being available and listening. Don’t feel you have to inform or justify. Asking probing questions is neither appropriate nor necessary.



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