Source: New York, NY: Task Force on Youth Suicide/Union of American Hebrew Congregations. 1p. SIEC No: 19980342

The attitudes of Reform Judaism & Orthodox Judaism towards suicide are compared in this brief article. In Reform Judaism, suicides are considered as not having been capable of understanding their own actions. All burial rites & mourning customs are therefore observed. In Orthodox Judaism, suicide is still considered a sin & victims are not given a funeral service & cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery. These rules are not applied if the victim is considered mentally incompetent.