Suicide and the Soul is the title of a book by James Hillman, 1964, Revised 1976, Spring Books, Texas.
 Albert Camus, "The Myth of Sisyphus", Penguin Classics, 2000, London, p 11.
 C.G.Jung. Dreams: 2012, Princeton University Press, Princeton, p 150.
 Freud: Thoughts for the Times on War and Death, 1915.
 Emile Durkheim in 1897, On Suicide, Penguin Classics, 2006.
 An article on self-immolation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-immolation. Accessed 31/10/14
 1 Sam. 31:1-6
 "Jonestown" was a community formed by the Peoples Temple, an American religious organization under the leadership of Jim Jones, in northwestern Guyana. On November 18, 1978, 918 people died all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning, in an event termed "revolutionary suicide" by Jones.
 Members of the Order of the Solar Temple, 74 in total died by suicide in Quebec, Switzerland and France between 1994 and 1997.
 A copycat suicide emulates another suicide that the person attempting suicide knows about either from local knowledge or due to accounts or depictions of the original suicide on television and in other media. The massive wave of emulation of suicides after a widely publicized suicide is known as the Werther effect, following Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. The well-known suicide serves as a model, in the absence of protective factors, for the next suicide. This a suicide contagion, which occasionally spreads through a school system, through a community, or in terms of a celebrity suicide wave, nationally. This is a suicide cluster. Examples of celebrities whose suicides have inspired suicide clusters include the Japanese musicians Yukiko Okada.
 Notes taken at a lecture on “Tristan and Isolde” by Dr Sally Kester at the Perth Jung Society, 17th April 1998.
 “I suggest that it is a refusal to engage with, and be sustained by, the particular economies of value, morality and meaning that govern identity within contemporary cultural life”. Simone Fullager
For more on this vexing situation, visit Creative Spirits.
 The Weekend Australian – Magazine, 11 Oct 2014.
 Hillman, ibid p 39.
 J Bell, Social Deviance, p 6.
 A.E. Housman, Collected Poems, 1995, p 186.
 Douglas, J.D. The Social Meanings of Suicide, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1967.
 Jean Paul Sartre, Saint Genet, New York: New American Library, Inc. [Mentor], 1964, p. 35.
 David Mayberry-Lewis, Millenium, Viking, 1992, p 280.
 "Of the seven or so suicides reported in Scripture, the most familiar are Saul, Samson, and Judas. Saul apparently committed suicide to avoid dishonour and suffering at the hand of the Philistines. The Israelites rewarded Saul with a war hero's burial, there being no clear disapproval of his suicide (1 Sam. 31:1-6). And while there is no hero's burial for Judas Iscariot (Matt. 27:5-7), Scripture is once more silent on the morality of this suicide of remorse.
The suicide of Samson has posed a greater problem for Christian theologians. Both Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas wrestled with the case and concluded that Samson's suicide was an act of obedience to a direct command of God, and therefore justified.
Objections to suicide have a long history in the church. But the idea that suicide is an unforgivable sin is less easily traced. Among the church fathers, Saint Augustine was the most prominent and influential opponent of suicide. The early church synods declared that bequests from those who committed suicide (as well as the offerings of those who attempted suicide) ought not be accepted. Furthermore, throughout the medieval period, the Church refused proper Christian burial to those who committed suicide.
Saint Thomas Aquinas believed that suicide, by excluding a final repentance, was a mortal sin. Dante is likely to have influenced Christian thought at least as much as Saint Thomas, placing those who committed suicide in the seventh circle of the inferno. Luther and Calvin, despite their abhorrence of suicide, do not suggest that it is an unpardonable sin. John Calvin is perhaps most helpful on the issue, concluding that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin (Matt. 12:31), and suicide need not be viewed as this blasphemy. The pedigree of the view that suicide is unforgivable seems to lie, then, in the medieval church and its distinction between mortal and venial sins".
"Suicide and the Silence of Scriptures", Christianity Today, March 1987
 For a most interesting study, see Shirley Sugarman, Sin and Madness, Studies in Narcissism, Philadelphia: Westminster, 1976.
 Isobel Ellende, Paula, HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2005.
 I suspect that the death of Fuller and his wife has been embroidered as I cannot find substantiation for this story. The official version is that they died 36 hours apart. Although fiction, perhaps when we envision them dying together we are directed towards a conscious death.
 Hillman, ibid p 52.
 DVD “The Golden World” with Robert Johnson.
 Hillman, Ibid p 72.
 Hillman, Ibid p 45.
 Apuleius quoted in Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore, Harper Collins 1992, p xvii.
 Hand, Seán. The Levinas Reader. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989.
 Existentialism is a Humanism, Jean-Paul Sartre, Yale University Press, 2007.
 Hand, The Levinas Reader.
 Hillman, ibid p 68.
 David Rosen, 1975, Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco: “All these survivors, during and after their jumps, experienced mystical states of consciousness characterized by losing the sense of time and space and by feelings of spiritual rebirth and unity with other human beings, the entire universe, and God. As a result of their intimate meet with death, some of them had a profound religious conversion; others described a confirmation of their earlier religious beliefs.”
 Genesis 32:22 - 32, Hosea 12:4.