Minnie Besin Mamauag



Objective: This study explored the religious or spiritual beliefs and behaviors of the elderly that could somehow translate to their level of death acceptance or lack thereof.

Methods: A total of four (4) elderly participants, ages 60 and above whom meet the criteria set for this study was interviewed to assess their spiritual upbringing and experiences that resulted to their death acceptance. The study involves qualitative approach using thematic analysis. The narrative testimony of the old adult participants in this study which includes cases of older adult that believes in God, older adult having shifted from one religious organization to another, and older adults’ instilled spirituality comes from religious imprint from family members during childhood describes the three important patterns in the religious or spiritual standing of the participants.

Results: The themes signified that (1) older adults are inherently religious and this nature is a subsequent factor in (2) their faith in God basing on their life experiences and life’s meaning. Furthermore, this (3) belief or faith in God offers them a sense of security and hope in the afterlife.

Conclusion: These themes explain the pattern in the creation of a religious/ spiritual standing that leads to death acceptance among participants as evident in their interview results.


elderly; Filipino; qualitative; spirituality; thematic analysis

Full Text:



Batara, J. B. L. (2015). Overlap of religiosity and spirituality among Filipinos and its implications towards religious prosociality. International Journal of Research Studies in Psychology, 4(3), 3-21. 2015.1090

Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2006). Using thematic analysis in psychology. Qualitative research in psychology. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3(2), 77-101.

Holloway, I., & Todres, L. (2003). The status of method: flexibility, consistency and coherence. Qualitative Research, 3(3), 345-357. 1468794103033004

Mamauag, M. (2019, 2019). Older adults’ acceptance of death: A grounded theory approach. Paper presented at the Third International Conference on Sustainable Innovation 2019–Health Science and Nursing (IcoSIHSN 2019).

Mercado, L. N. (1977). Filipino religious psychology. Tacloban City, Philippines: Divine Word University.

Miller, J. (2019). Religion in the Philippines. Retrieved from

Puchalski, C. M. (2001). The role of spirituality in health care. Proceedings (Baylor University. Medical Center), 14(4), 352-357. 788

Rippentrop, A. E., Altmaier, E. M., Chen, J. J., Found, E. M., & Keffala, V. J. (2005). The relationship between religion/spirituality and physical health, mental health, and pain in a chronic pain population. Pain, 116(3), 311-321.

Rubin, H. J., & Rubin, I. S. (1995). Qualitative interviewing: The art of hearing data. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Tarakeshwar, N., Vanderwerker, L. C., Paulk, E., Pearce, M. J., Kasl, S. V., & Prigerson, H. G. (2006). Religious coping is associated with the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9(3), 646-657.

Taylor, E. J. (2010). Spiritual assessment. In B. R. Ferrell & N. Coyle (Eds.), Oxford textbook of palliative nursing (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Taylor, G. W., & Ussher, J. M. (2001). Making sense of S&M: A discourse analytic account. Sexualities, 4(3), 293-314.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2019 Minnie Besin Mamauag

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.