A person who kills himself (R"L) as far as I know loses certain zechuyos (merits) in terms of their kavurah (burial) and other dinim (rules. See here for more). Is the same true if it was a katan (minor) that committed suicide?

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    As the answer to the question you linked to indicates, contemporary practice pretty much universally treats suicides as cases of illness and therefore doesn't treat them differently from other deaths.
    – Isaac Moses
    Oct 25, 2012 at 15:27
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    @IssacMoses I linked to it for the sources and realized that would be pointed out. However putting aside the practical aspect what would be the din in the case of a katan.
    – Yehoshua
    Oct 25, 2012 at 15:29
  • @IsaacMoses See the comments on the linked question.
    – Double AA
    Oct 25, 2012 at 15:30

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The Shulchan Aruch (YD 345:3) writes:

קטן המאבד עצמו לדעת, חשוב כשלא לדעת
A minor who knowledgeably destroys himself is considered as if it was not done knowledgeably

so it seems we would treat it like any other regular case of death.


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