Suicide: When Someone Takes His Own Life

by Norman Vincent Peale
An excerpt from The Healing of Sorrow: Understanding and Help for the Bereaved

Norman Vincent Peale

In many ways, this seems the most tragic form of death. Certainly, it can entail more shock and grief for those who are left behind than any other. And often the stigma of suicide is what rests most heavily on those left behind.

Suicide is often judged to be essentially a selfish act. Perhaps it is. But the Bible warns us not to judge, if we ourselves hope to escape judgment. And I believe this is one area where that Biblical command especially should be heeded. Continue reading