What United Methodists can do about suicide

A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino*

Depression can make us feel lonely and hopeless.

Outside factors can make us feel alone, desperate, and hopeless. Reach out for help. Photo public domain (CC0).

We are sure that neither
death nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth
nor anything else in all creation,
Will be able to separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Affirmation from Romans 8:35, 37-39, United Methodist Hymnal 887)

When a loved one chooses to take his/her own life it is terribly tragic.

In addition to the grief and loss that comes with any death, surviving family members and friends struggle to understand. They are filled with additional questions and suffer the stigma sometimes associated with suicide. Many assume suicide is an unforgivable sin, but that is not the teaching of The United Methodist Church.

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