Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss: A Guide for Funeral Directors (2nd ed.)

Date: 2020
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Manual
Author:  Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and Samaritans, Inc.
Publisher:  Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)

This guide provides critical information and practical advice for funeral directors to help them better serve people who are bereaved by a suicide loss. It also suggests useful resources for suicide loss survivors. The second edition is a collaboration of Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and Samaritans, Inc. with input from funeral directors, psychologists, and suicide loss survivors.

Highlights of the second edition include:

  • Updated information on topics such as what suicide loss survivors experience and the services that funeral directors should consider providing to these survivors
  • An updated and expanded resource list
  • A new table providing preferred ways to communicate with suicide loss survivors
  • A new section on the role of funeral directors as community leaders