I think this would be a mockery- prayers for the sake of appearances like the one's Our Lord condemned the hypocrites for (Matthew 6:5).
Funerals in Orthodoxy are for the sake of the dead, not the living. Our prayers for the forgiveness of the sins of the departed are not empty, hollow, meaningless social rituals done for the sake of appearances. Everyone gets the same funeral service, whether they are the King or a street sweeper, and the prayers are the same for all- and they are not meaningless and empty, but genuine, heartfelt appeals for mercy and forgiveness in the hope of the Resurrection. It would be sacrilege to use the prayers of the Church simply to comfort relatives rather than worship and supplicate God.
I didn't say I agreed
with that reasoning, that's just what I was told. I wouldn't agree with play-acting a service of the church at all, but I don't think that's what doing such a funeral would amount to, and I understand the reasoning behind doing it in those circumstances. The funeral service is not
just for the dead - it's also a warning to the living. It's also nice to spare the suicide's family more grief and humiliation, and to give him, despite his fall, sympathy and support by praying for him. Can we hope that praying for him will be as efficacious as it would be for someone who died at his appointed time? Yes. Dare we assume it will be? I don't think so.
If the person were an apostate instead of a suicide, how many of you would support giving him an Orthodox funeral?
I recognize that there may be no sin that truly cannot be forgiven by God, but I also think, and I think the Church backs me up on this, that there are some sins that we are not qualified to absolve for someone who is no longer with us. I had a hard time rationalizing this myself, that is, the Orthodox Church's unwillingness to give funerals for suicides, but I think there's an important reason why it's part of our tradition not to bury those who murdered themselves.