Year: 1971 Source: Archives of the Foundation of Thanatology, v.3, no.2, (Summer 1971), p.95-98 SIEC No: 19900628

Factors in Judaism & Christianity which relate to suicidal behavior are discussed. Although both religions basically disapprove of suicide, harsh religious laws that historically relate to such acts have been revised in consideration of the many complex issues of modern living. It is pointed out that the fact of suicide is considered to be a sign of temporary insanity & therefore the burial & ritual procedures are generally conducted as they would be for persons who died of other causes.