What are your thoughts on suicides? The post-Christian but clearly extra-Christian Irish traditions speak of a place known as Dorchadas gan Phian 'darkness without pain', a kind of 'limbo' for those such as the drowned, the unborn and those who chose suicide all of whom were denied a normal burial and Christian judgement. Its form is a cold dark swamp nonetheless there sinless people live as comfortable - not joyful - a life as they could have had in the mortal world. In Egypt suicide could be virtuous or cowardly; it was to take one's complaints to Anubis, more correctly to the judgements of Osiris. As the judge of the dead he would make the correct, situational judgement of the particular suicide. Similar situational attitudes existed also in Greece ie. Plato, Aristotle. Whereas in Persia, suicide in itself was an impurity without concern for situation - as opposed to Athens, for example, where only most suicides were denied a normal grave on grounds of purity. The Persians did not believe that the gods may favour an individual’s departure. What are your thoughts on suicide?