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So many believers were eager to gain heavenly glory that martyrdoms became commonplace. Augustine, and later Thomas Aquinas, labeled suicide a mortal sin equivalent to murder. With a few exceptions, they gave the church's sanction to the civil laws against the act. The attitude of condemnation did not ease until the period of the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century. Then philosophers like Hume and Voltaire began to stress the primacy of individual freedom and the consequent "right" to suicide.
Such daydreams are emotional breathers, and may help you keep your balance when your feelings are getting overloaded. They will fade in time, as long as you don't dwell on them and retreat into a dream world. Identification. Survivors often unconsciously mimic the lost family member, adopting his mannerisms or tone of voice. This isn't particularly unusual: we usually pick up similar habits and peculiarities from many people who are close to us. However, it can be destructive if it turns into a rigid denial of the death.
You don't give a suicidal person lethal ideas by talking about the subject. Rather, you provide an opportunity for ventilation of those feelings by getting them out into the open. If I suspect that a person is thinking of suicide, I ask him about it right then. If he admits to having suicidal thoughts, I try to get him to agree to avoid such action. This may or may not prevent suicide, but it opens the issue and secures my concern. Remember, the "ideas" cannot be confronted once the suicide has already happened.