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


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Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and Samaritans, Inc.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)

This guide provides critical information and practical advice to help funeral directors 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 (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 common experiences of suicide loss survivors and services that funeral directors should consider providing to them
  • Updated and expanded resource list
  • A new table containing preferred ways to communicate with suicide loss survivors
  • A new section on the role of funeral directors as community leaders