It used to be technically illegal to use a Church of England service for the funeral of someone who commits suicide. This indicates the legacy of poor pastoral practice, and the accompanying suspicion of the church, in this area. However, as a result of his work on this study the author proposed a Private Members Motion in the Church of England's General Synod to modify the offending canon which passed with a huge majority.
This profound and helpful study explores the reasons for this, the pastoral needs and opportunities, and makes use of the latest thinking on suicide to advocate key changes to practice. It includes a wealth of invaluable resources.
Author: Mike Parsons
Mike Parsons is an anglican priest, now retired, who has been an academic physicist, a director of ordinands, a principal of a regional ordination course, a principal lecturer in theology and a parish priest. His main academic interest for many years has been the interface between science and theology and he is a founder member of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology. He lives in Gloucester.