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Training for Funeral Directors in Suicide Postvention

Funeral directors are some of the first people families contact following a suicide death. They play an important role in supporting the family and reducing the shame and stigma often associated with suicide.

Funeral directors can play a critical role in recognizing the impact on the family and community, along with connecting the immediate family/survivors with resources, support, and guidance for memorial and funeral services.

Using nationally designated best practice protocols, lecture, discussion and case vignettes, participants will learn important steps for reducing risk of contagion including encouraging appropriate funeral and memorial services, and safe messaging and media response.

Ideally, postvention training is provided in preparation for a suicide death to enable funeral directors to incorporate postvention protocols into suicide response plans in advance. Training and/or technical assistance can also be provided following a suicide death.  For more information, click here.