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How to plan a service for someone who died by suicide

Published: March 21, 2022

How to plan a service for someone who died by suicide

In this post, we will be answering common questions about planning a funeral for someone who has died by suicide. If you are contemplating suicide or believe a loved one is, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the crisis text line at 741741.

Common Questions

- Can a funeral still be held?

Yes and it is recommended for healing

- Can we still choose between burial or cremation?


- What can be included in a service for someone who died by suicide?

Placing an obituary

Including music

Readings of scripture and poem

Viewing of a tribute video

Reading of a eulogy or life story

Many more…

- What can be different about the service?

Modified visitation (if desired)

A possible delay due to legal and medical procedures

- What if my religion won't officiate the service?

The funeral home of your choice can help plan and run the service

For more information about planning a service for someone who died by suicide, listen to our podcast “How to Plan a Service for Someone Who Died by Suicide”:

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