For this new edition of The Deacon’s Mic, I’m honored to talk with Deacon Ed Shoener, from the Diocese of Scranton. Ed created a new and vital ministry five years ago, when he wrote candidly — and movingly — about the suicide of his 29-year-old daughter.

He is the co-editor of a new book by Ave Maria Press, “Responding to Suicide,” which presents powerful personal testimony from Catholics who have lost loved ones to suicide. It also offers concrete pastoral ideas to help clergy accompany those who are coping with the aftermath.

You can order the book here.

This is an issue many in the church still do not quite understand, and I think this new book is something we’ve needed for a long time. Watch Ed’s conversation with me below.

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Many of the resources and groups he mentions in our conversation can be found at this link.  

You can support The Katie Foundation and receive copies of the holy card he reads here.

Finally, you can read about the obituary that started it all here.

Let’s remember to pray for all those who have taken their lives — and pray, too, for all those left behind. Remember, as well, all those who struggle with mental illness, particularly during this difficult time of the pandemic. May St. Dymphna offer our sorrowing world consolation, reassurance and hope.

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