Thoughts on Death, Suicide and Spirituality

Death through suicide is usually discouraged socially as well as religiously. Most religions consider suicide as sinful because when a person takes his own life, he ruins his opportunity for spiritual growth and enlightenment by misusing his free will.

After all, spirituality lays emphasis on the eternal nature of the spirit soul and hence, inspires us to progress in life through spiritual advancement.

Unlike other species of life, humans are better equipped to understand spirituality due to their higher level of consciousness.

In addition, death of a loved one through suicide leaves the bereaved family and friends devastated as it causes immense emotional damage.

In earlier times, cemeteries did not even allow placing headstones on the graves of those who committed suicide.

However, the situation has changed now as it is believed that the victims of suicide require understanding and compassion.

Thus, during the funeral service, prayers are said to invoke consolation for the bereaved family members and forgiveness for the deceased.

Plus, there are several memorial products’ sites like The Comfort Company, Memorial Gallery, Memorials.com, In Time Of Sorrow, and so forth that offer a wide variety of funeral and memorial products to honor the departed soul. Furthermore, books about dealing with grief after suicide can be of great help.

More often than not, people suffering from depression repeatedly ponder over the thought of committing suicide in an attempt to seek a way out of their miseries and end the unbearable pain of living.

Besides, certain other psychological conditions like schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, etc. increase the patient’s chances of committing suicide.

In addition, though there is no genetic predisposition still, as suicide has a negative impact on the survivors, suicidal behavioral patterns do seem to run in families.

Furthermore, according to the Spiritual Research Foundation, negative energies are also likely to influence and encourage a person considering suicide.

Plus, at www.near-death.com, there is there is detailed explanation on the three classifications of suicide NDEs.

It gives examples from different accounts of Near Death Experiences and explains how suicide is considered unfavorable because it shows rejection and disregard for God’s gift of life.

Studies have shown that men are almost four times more likely to commit suicide than women. Scientific research has shown that those who are at a risk of committing suicide tend to have low levels of a brain chemical called serotonin.

Although suicide is a voluntary act of taking one’s life, there are certain warning signs and symptoms that indicate the possibility of a suicide. Some such symptoms are:

  • isolation
  • helplessness & hopelessness
  • fascination over one’s own death
  • talking about wanting to kill oneself
  • talking about being a burden on others
  • lack of interest in future plans
  • dramatic personality changes
  • changes in eating/sleeping patterns
  • unusual risk-taking behavior
  • giving away prized possessions
  • increasing drug/alcohol intake

Hence, do not neglect your near and dear ones’ suicide attempts or their talks expressing their desire to die. When suspecting the possibility of suicide, it is recommended not to leave that person alone.

Rather, it is best to get professional help. In addition, talk about the suicidal individual’s feelings and do not act judgmental and shocked.

To get a better idea on how to help a suicidal person, visit websites like www.suicide.org and www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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