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September 29 , 2007

Preparing Liturgies for Suicide Victims


It is simply a fact that every priest in ministry today is likely to have to preside at the liturgy for a victim of suicide. While they have to deal with churning emotions, they owe it to the suicide victim, the family and the friends, to plan and celebrate a liturgy that will be appropriate and worthy of the occasion, which has some very special characteristics and sensitivities. As well as covering every aspect of the liturgy itself, this book also deals with issues like the connection between the symbolism of baptism and that of Christian funerals, the offertory procession, the choice of music, selecting appropriate readings, and so on. Overall, the book aims to help those involved to be more sensitive to the particular pastoral and liturgical needs of people at the time of a suicide.

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