Meanings of religious and non-religious spirituality are explored, with implications for death acceptance, death rejection, and life extension. In the first of two exploratory studies, 16 elders low on intrinsic religiosity were compared with 116 elders high in religiosity; they differed both in qualitative responses and on death attitudes. In the second, 48 elders were assessed on religious and non-religious spirituality, and compared on attitudes toward death rejection, life extension, and death acceptance. Conclusions were that a sizable minority of elders hold non-religious spirituality beliefs, and these beliefs are related to greater acceptance of life extension and death rejection.
religious spirituality, non-religious spirituality, death acceptance, death rejection, life extension
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Cicirelli, Victor G., "Religious and Non-Religious Spirituality in Relation to Death Acceptance or Rejection" (2011). Department of Psychological Sciences Faculty Publications. Paper 8.