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.