HomeGAWI: Journal on Culture Studiesvol. 2 no. 2 (2017)

Damayan as a Pastoral Accompaniment Program for Grieving Loved Ones Based on John 20: 19-31

Marvin P. Diongzon, O. Carm.



The study aims to focus on the inquiry whether the grieving parishioners of San Isidro Labrador Parish, Brgy. Bagong Silangan, Quezon City perceive the need of accompaniment and what pastoral accompaniment program can be drawn to help them accompany in times of their loss. To deeply understand the grief experience of the bereaved respondents, the research employs a case study analysis. It uses the descriptive research method and framework based on an experiential, phenomenological and dialogical process or also known as the Pastoral Cycle. The approach helps to surface the different grief and mourning experiences of the bereaved, as well as, their damay (sympathy) and transformation encounter after the moment of grief. From a scriptural and theological point of view, the study seeks its affirmation on the importance of Jesus’ accompaniment in one’s life by accepting the peace of resurrection. Like the healing experience of the grieving disciples, the peace of the Risen Jesus may also become the source of healing for those who are living in grief as long they put completely their trust and faith in him. The study reveals the need of a pastoral accompaniment program for the bereaved parishioners in San Isidro Labrador Parish which is also a basis for a new pastoral accompaniment program intended for the grieving faithful. The careful evaluation and assessment on the program may help respond the needs of the community holistically. The researcher recommends DAMAYAN (Dalangin, Akapin, Malasakit, Akuin, Yaman, Akayin, Nabuhay Muli) as a pastoral accompaniment program that will ensure to respond the needs of the grieving faithful who lost a loved one in terms of their material, psycho-emotional, social and spiritual needs.