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What Happens to the Soul of Someone Who Dies By Suicide?


What does the Catholic Church teach about suicide? Father Dave answers a question from a listener who recently lost her nephew to suicide. She asks, “Where is his soul?” It’s a question shared by many, including Brett, who has lost several friends to suicide. 

Father Dave explains that many people were raised thinking that the soul of a person who commits suicide can never be redeemed. Father Dave addresses these concerns and misconceptions, making specific reference to the Catechism, which says, “We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.” 

Father Dave continues, “We pray for people who have committed suicide in the same way we pray for anyone who has died. We pray for their soul.” (Original Air 05-04-16)

If you or a loved one is ever experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Line +1(800)273-8255. And consult these resources if you are concerned for yourself or another.