Clergy & Faith communities
After a suicide clergy are called upon to be healers, educators, and role models, and may even find themselves functioning as quasi-clinicians. At the same time, suicide raises complex questions for faith communities:
Are we supposed to handle the funeral and burial differently from other deaths?
What is my faith tradition’s current view of suicide?
How can we safely eulogize a teenager without risking contagion?
I have extensive experience training faith leaders and spiritual care providers, including for the Veterans Administration’s National Chaplain Training Center, the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
I also developed “What Congregational Leaders Need to Know About Mental Illness,” the nation’s first-ever program on the neuroscience underlying mental illness. http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/push-for-synagogues-to-focus-on-mental-illness/ and have delivered programs for young people and parents around mental health https://www.jewishboston.com/taking-off-our-masks-for-mental-health/
I can help clergy and faith communities address the questions, emotions, concerns, and fears that inevitably arise around suicide, through:
consultation with clergy and other congregational leadership on sermons, memorial services, and crisis support
training for faith leaders and spiritual care providers; and
educational discussion forums and sharing sessions for community members, including teens and parent
I can help. Contact me, and we'll take it from there.
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Six Things Every Spiritual Care Provider Should Know About Suicide