Buildinng a culture of life
This year's Day for Life is celebrated on Sunday 6 October 2013. It is a day dedicated to celebrating the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. The theme is Caring for Life. We can build a culture of life by our compassion and care for others, especially those who are vulnerable, and by speaking of the need to care for life.
The increased incidence of suicide, especially among younger men is a matter of grave concern. The Church wishes to show its care for and closeness to those who, for whatever reason, believe their own lives are no longer worthwhile and are tempted to give upon life itself. It appeals to all those who may find themselves with suicidal thoughts to seek help and support from others around them, especially from the voluntary and statutory agencies with experience of providing appropriate support and care in this area.
Suicide is never the solution. Often, when someone dies by suicide, the difficulties for those left behind are simply multiplied many times over. A long shadow of grief, pain and confusion is cast over the lives of family, friends and the wider community. Christians and parish communities are encouraged to consider ways in which they can reach out and care for those around them who may be vulnerable to suicide, as well as to those who continue to suffer as a result of the suicide of someone close to them.