Suicide

Since no one is permitted to take the life of another, no one is permitted to take his or her own life, that is, to commit suicide.  Suicide is self-murder and consequently a grave sin.

Committing suicide signifies loss of patience, hope, and faith in our loving, forgiving, and sustaining God.  A person of faith does not lose hope, no matter the difficulties he or she faces.  If a person has committed suicide as a result of a belief that: such an action is rationally or ethically defensible, the Orthodox Church denies that person a Church funeral, because such beliefs and actions separate a person from the community of faith.  The Church shows compassion, however, on those who have taken their own life as a result of mental illness or severe emotional stress, when a condition or impaired rationality can be verified by a physician.