Around 40,000 people commit suicide each year in the United States. In that 40,000, there is more males than females who have committed suicide. Of course when someone is in a depressive state they don’t think clearly of what they are doing or plan on doing. It is best to seek for warning signs before they commit the act and get them the help they need. The Catechism of the Catholic Church and medical professionals give advice to help deal with suicide in the family.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “The murderer and those who accompany during the murder commit a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance”1. This is saying that if someone committed suicide, it shows that they would go hell for committing that act. It is also said that the churches won’t talk about suicide freely especially when someone in the family in that parish are dealing with a mental illness. Medical professionals ask families who are dealing with a suicide in the family to seek counseling.
This is because it helps support them emotionally, give them new perspectives and help possible solutions that might occur. Having dinners with company and making it known that talking about mental illness is perfectly okay. By doing this, it will create a supportive and non judgemental environment for everyone.________________________Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2268. The death of a loved one by suicide can have many different effects on the people they were close to. Some people will blame themselves or try and figure out why they would end their lives so soon. Then there are families who seek support and some do not.
In some cases, there are people who walk away from suicide traumatized by what they may have seen when they found the person or the thought that they are not here anymore and will not see them again until the afterlife. What we can do as a community is to not only talk about suicide and become more comfort with it but support those who have had someone die from it. Some people do not know how to comprehend what happened to them so they would not say anything which is why we need to be there emotionally, so when they do finally want to talk about it they feel more comfortable talking to that person. That will also help their mental state too and finally have them at ease with what they had to go through during that process.
The church encourages people to pay attention to the pain after the action is done. The first step is to help others learn how to pray, since it’s been shown to reduce and treat depression to a certain extent. There are parish novenas that is offered weekly to help with depression will also be a good place to start to deal with it. Another way to help would be an open discussion to help suffering family and friends coping with suicide. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives…”2——————————————2. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2283.
There are many ways to help families deal with suicide but there are also ways to help what to say to those families without implying the wrong things. You should avoid using any clichés because that would make that person or family feel even more isolated. “People rarely joke about suicide. Talking about committing suicide should not be considered ‘normal’ for anyone…”3. Talking about suicide and saying the appropriate things can make them not feel alone with what they are going through. Suicide is a serious matter for us to be able to freely talk about this issue. The most important thing is to educate the public about suicide and it’s warning signs that comes with it.
We should learn the warning signs of suicide to prevent someone from actually committing the act, which can save many lives. Even sometimes, it is a cry for help and once they get the help they need, they will soon adjust to not be on the edge of wanting to end their lives so soon. There are many support groups who have other people who have gone or going through the same situation. This can help expand the mind of what others have gone through and draw comparisons of what may have happened to themselves. Since talking about suicide is starting to bring its way into churches more, some parishes and priests will gladly help those families who have questions that need answering. _______________________3. Catholic Church and Suicide, page 4.
Suicide isn’t to be taken lightly, it’s a very serious matter just like anything else. “As followers of Christ and thoughtful men and women, we need to regard mental illness with the same mercy and compassion we have for any other human ailment…”4. There can’t be anymore overlooks with suicide because it is growing and slowly that number will deminnish if those in need are reached out and helped.
________________________4. Catholic Church and Suicide, page 3.