It is simply a fact that every priest in ministry today is likely to have to preside at the liturgy for a victim of suicide. While they have to deal with churning emotions, they owe it to the suicide victim, the family and the friends, to plan and celebrate a liturgy that will be appropriate and worthy of the occasion, which has some very special characteristics and sensitivities.
As well as covering every aspect of the liturgy itself, this book also deals with issues like the connection between the symbolism of baptism and that of Christian funerals, the offertory procession, the choice of music, selecting appropriate readings, and so on. Overall, the book aims to help those involved to be more sensitive to the particular pastoral and liturgical needs of people at the time of a suicide.
About the Author
Pat Seaver is curate in a Limerick City parish. As a young Christian Brother, he trained as a primary school teacher but later studied in UCC. Following a stint as headmaster in Templemore CBS, he returned to university in Cork and did a course in guidance and counselling, after which he worked as the careers teacher in Deerpark CBS. A call to the priesthood brought him to St John’s College, Waterford where he was ordained for the Diocese of Limerick. Studies in theology and liturgy from Maynooth and Mary Immaculate College, and his own pastoral experiences, have led to the writing of this book.