Outline of a service in solidarity with those affected by suicide

Read the main article about the development of this service.


  • Instrumental music: “Largo” from Oboe Concerto no. 3 in G Minor, by George Frideric Handel
  • Clergy welcome
  • Opening address
  • Choral music: “O Thou that Art the Light,” by Gabriel Jackson


  • Laying a rock (action and words)
  • Testimony
  • Choral music: The Lamb, by John Tavener
  • Poem
  • Sung solo music: “Dido’s Lament” from Dido and Aeneas, by Henry Purcell
  • Silent reflection
  • Choral music: “Agnus Dei” from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, by Karl Jenkins

The Valley

  • Lighting a candle (action and words)
  • Testimony
  • Solo contemporary song
  • Testimony


  • Placing a rose
  • Testimony
  • Choral and instrumental music: Gabriel’s Oboe, by Ennio Morricone, arranged by Craig Stella John
  • Clergy address
  • Hymn: “Be Still My Soul”
  • Choral music: Cantique de Jean Racine, by Gabriel Fauré

Samuel Wells

Samuel Wells is the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and author of Humbler Faith, Bigger God.

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