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ABOUT THE RESOURCE

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When A Loved One Dies by Suicide is a grief support resource for those experiencing suicide loss.

It is based on the book, When A Loved One Dies by Suicide: Comfort, Hope, and Healing for Grieving Catholics, which was written by and for Catholics who have experienced suicide loss. Now, the stories sensitively and honestly shared within these pages have been turned into the compelling films featured in this resource. You will hear from fellow Catholics—both clergy/religious and laity—as they share about their loved ones, their journey with grief, and the comfort and hope they have found in faith, community, and the Church.

Suicide is often misunderstood and insufficiently discussed in the Church, even though it is a major cause of death. When a Loved One Dies by Suicide aims to dispel misconceptions about Church teaching on suicide and offer support to individuals journeying through grief towards healing.

Topics addressed include: 

  • receiving solace, hope, and healing through the rich traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church
  • engaging in prayers of comfort and encouragement
  • sharing your story, if and when you are ready to do so
  • understanding the nature of psychological pain
  • exploring opportunities for growth and invitations to loving service

Who is this resource for?

Though this resource is intended primarily for those who have lost loved ones to suicide, others may find it helpful and informative. Suicide and mental health challenges impact countless communities, and we are all called to the ministry of accompaniment. Listening to stories of suicide loss can cultivate greater compassion within us and prepare us to encounter suffering with grace.

Note: this resource will be released in Fall 2022.

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ABOUT THE RESOURCE

When A Loved One Dies by Suicide is a grief support resource for those experiencing suicide loss.

It is based on the book, When A Loved One Dies by Suicide: Comfort, Hope, and Healing for Grieving Catholics, which was written by and for Catholics who have experienced suicide loss. Now, the stories sensitively and honestly shared within these pages have been turned into the compelling films featured in this resource. You will hear from fellow Catholics—both clergy/religious and laity—as they share about their loved ones, their journey with grief, and the comfort and hope they have found in faith, community, and the Church.

Suicide is often misunderstood and insufficiently discussed in the Church, even though it is a major cause of death. When a Loved One Dies by Suicide aims to dispel misconceptions about Church teaching on suicide and offer support to individuals journeying through grief towards healing.

Topics addressed include: 

  • receiving solace, hope, and healing through the rich traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church
  • engaging in prayers of comfort and encouragement
  • sharing your story, if and when you are ready to do so
  • understanding the nature of psychological pain
  • exploring opportunities for growth and invitations to loving service

Who is this resource for?

Though this resource is intended primarily for those who have lost loved ones to suicide, others may find it helpful and informative. Suicide and mental health challenges impact countless communities, and we are all called to the ministry of accompaniment. Listening to stories of suicide loss can cultivate greater compassion within us and prepare us to encounter suffering with grace.

Note: this resource will be released in Fall 2022.

ABOUT THE FORMAT

This resource includes eight films featuring stories of Catholics whose loved ones have died by suicide.

The films are accompanied by a short viewing guide with an introduction to the resource, safe viewing practices, discussion questions, container exercises, and additional resources for suicide prevention and suicide loss.

When A Loved One Dies by Suicide can be used in a grief support group or for individual viewing.

This resource will be available for free on Sanctuary's resource portal when it launches in Fall 2022.

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ABOUT THE FORMAT

This resource includes eight films featuring stories of Catholics whose loved ones have died by suicide.

The films are accompanied by a short viewing guide with an introduction to the resource, safe viewing practices, discussion questions, container exercises, and additional resources for suicide prevention and suicide loss.

When A Loved One Dies by Suicide can be used in a grief support group or for individual viewing.

This resource will be available for free on Sanctuary's resource portal when it launches in Fall 2022.

CONTRIBUTORS

Deacon Ed Headshot

Deacon Ed Shoener

Bishop John P. Dolan

Bishop John P. Dolan

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Melinda Moore, PhD

Dr. David Jobes

David Jobes, PhD, ABPP

Sanctuary is pleased to have worked with a variety of contributors for this resource. They include:

  • Deacon Ed Shoener, President, Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers
  • Most Reverend John P. Dolan, Bishop of Phoenix; Former Bishop of San Diego
  • Melinda Moore, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University
  • David Jobes, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology; Associate Director of Clinical Training; Director, Suicide Prevention Laboratory, The Catholic University of America
  • Leticia Ochoa Adams, Catholic Writer and Speaker
  • Rev. Msgr. Charles Pope, Pastor, Author
  • Tom Smith, STB, STL, MA, Board of Directors, Karla Smith Behavioral Health; Author

CONTRIBUTORS

Sanctuary is pleased to have worked with a variety of contributors for this resource. They include:

  • Deacon Ed Shoener, President, Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers
  • Most Reverend John P. Dolan, Bishop of Phoenix; Former Bishop of San Diego
  • Melinda Moore, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University
  • David Jobes, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology; Associate Director of Clinical Training; Director, Suicide Prevention Laboratory, The Catholic University of America
  • Leticia Ochoa Adams, Catholic Writer and Speaker
  • Rev. Msgr. Charles Pope, Pastor, Author
  • Tom Smith, STB, STL, MA, Board of Directors, Karla Smith Behavioral Health; Author
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ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC MENTAL HEALTH MINISTERS

This resource was created in partnership with The Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers (CMHM). CMHM supports Catholic parishes and dioceses in establishing mental health ministries. Mental health ministries provide vital spiritual accompaniment for people experiencing mental health challenges and mental illness, as well as those who care for them. You can learn more about their work on their website at catholicmhm.org.

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This resource was created in partnership with The Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers (CMHM). CMHM supports Catholic parishes and dioceses in establishing mental health ministries. Mental health ministries provide vital spiritual accompaniment for people experiencing mental health challenges and mental illness, as well as those who care for them. You can learn more about their work on their website at catholicmhm.org.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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The book that this resource is based on, When A Loved One Dies by Suicide: Comfort, Hope, and Healing for Grieving Catholics was compiled and edited by Deacon Ed Shoener and Bishop John P. Dolan.

If you would like to purchase the book, When A Loved One Dies by Suicide is available from Ave Maria Press.

DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

In partnership with The Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers and Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, Ave Maria Press offers 25% off of When A Loved One Dies by Suicide and/or Responding to Suicide with the code: WELLBEING

Please note this offer applies to US addresses only and expires December 31, 2023.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

when a loved one dies by suicide book cover

The book that this resource is based on, When A Loved One Dies by Suicide: Comfort, Hope, and Healing for Grieving Catholics was compiled and edited by Deacon Ed Shoener and Bishop John P. Dolan.

If you would like to purchase the book, When A Loved One Dies by Suicide is available from Ave Maria Press.

DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

In partnership with The Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers and Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, Ave Maria Press offers 25% off of When A Loved One Dies by Suicide and/or Responding to Suicide with the code: WELLBEING

Please note this offer applies to US addresses only and expires December 31, 2023.

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