Skip to content
Welcome to Agapao Store! We invite you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and be the first to access our latest and exclusive deals. Enjoy significant savings on your favorite products. So, why wait? Join now and stay updated with our exciting offers!
Welcome to Agapao Store! We invite you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and be the first to access our latest and exclusive deals. Enjoy significant savings on your favorite products. So, why wait? Join now and stay updated with our exciting offers!



Responding to Suicide - A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders

Original price $18.95 - Original price $18.95
Original price
$18.95 - $18.95
Current price $18.95


Winner of the Resource of the Year award and a first-place in resources for ministry from the Association of Catholic Publishers and a third-place award in pastoral ministry books from the Catholic Media Association.

If you are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. If you're having suicidal thoughts, dial 988 to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). If you are located outside the United States, call your local emergency line immediately.

Many pastoral leaders feel ill-equipped to respond to the turmoil of those who face the death by suicide of a loved one. Responding to Suicide is the first book written for Catholic leaders that takes a holistic approach to understanding suicide and ministering effectively in its aftermath.

More than a dozen leading mental health practitioners, Catholic theologians, and pastoral care experts share how best to respond to suicide as leaders in parishes, schools, healthcare systems, and other Church settings. The book offers a cross-disciplinary approach that provides basic information about the central role of mental health in suicide and clarifies Church teaching about suicide, funerals and burials for those who have died by suicide, and their afterlife.

The National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that suicide was the tenth most common cause of death among Americans of all ages in 2017 and the second leading cause of death among fifteen to twenty-four year-olds.

Death by suicide is usually sudden, often violent, and frequently comes at the end of a long and difficult struggle with a mental illness. Heaped on top of that is a social stigma that leaves loved ones in shock and often burdened with shame. Responding to Suicide addresses common concerns of the bereaved following a suicide: skepticism that Catholic leaders will understand; fear that the Church teaches that their loved one is in hell; and belief that they will find little if any support in the Church.

More than a dozen contributors from across the spectrum of Catholic life provide rich guidance rooted in firsthand experience of suicide loss. Contributors include Deacon Ed Shoener, Bishop John P. Dolan, Msgr. Charles Pope, Leticia Adams, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, and clinical experts in the field of mental health and suicide. They share personal stories of loss, grief, hope, and healing, and clear up misconceptions about Church teaching.

They offer practical takeaways for pastoral leaders:

dos and don’ts when talking about suicide
guidance for preaching and planning funerals
information on the role of mental illnesses in suicide
resource lists for those who grieve as well as for your own professional development
suggested protocols for ministering to a school or parish community following a suicide
ideas about forming parish outreach ministries to the bereaved that address the needs of suicide loss

Click here to preview the Table of Content and to Read the Sample.


  • ISBN: 9781646800117
  • Pages: 224
  • Trim size:  6 x 9 inches
  • Author: Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers
  • Edited by: Ed Shoener
  • Edited by: John P. Dolan
  • Foreword by: Most Rev. Kevin William Vann
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication date: November 20, 2020

Ave Maria Press

Serving the Catholic Community for Over 150 Years!

Ave Maria Press, established in 1865 by Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., Ave Maria Press remains committed to its core mission in more than 150 years. It began as the third apostolate of Holy Cross in the US and published "The Ave Maria" magazine by Fr. Sorin with three goals in mind: to glorify Mary, highlight Catholic families, and present the best American Catholic writing.

Ave Maria thrived for over 100 years and became the most popular Catholic magazine in the country. Under the leadership of Rev. Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C., the magazine grew and started publishing hardcover books. Holy Cross religious, including priests, brothers, and sisters, played essential roles in the magazine's operation. After the magazine ceased publication in 1970, Ave Maria Press focused on book publishing and has since published works by notable Catholic authors.

Now owned by the United States Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Ave Maria Press remains one of the oldest Catholic publishing houses, specializing in religion textbooks, ministry resources, and books on prayer and spirituality.

Item No.
Product Information
Story and Symbolism