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Contemplative Care for the Dying

Mission: We offer compassionate, interfaith and spiritual care in a contemplative community so those who are dying leave this world with dignity and grace. We teach the art of contemplative living and dying.

Vision: We live in a world where death is not feared, and we live fully until we die.

Contemplative Care for the Dying

Mission: We offer compassionate, interfaith and spiritual care in a contemplative community so those who are dying leave this world with dignity and grace. We teach the art of contemplative living and dying.

Vision: We live in a world where death is not feared, and we live fully until we die.

ABODE is Home

Most of us would prefer to die at home. It’s not easy to do. Perhaps you can no longer live by yourself. Or your home isn’t conducive to a quiet, peaceful death. Or perhaps your loved ones now need help caring for you around-the-clock.

We are the only nonprofit end-of-life care home in San Antonio offering contemplative care for those in the last three months, weeks or days of life. We provide our service at no charge to our Guests, hospice or insurance. We welcome and depend on the generosity of you – our donors – to support our sacred work.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and welcomed our first Guest in December 2014.

“You matter because you are you. You matter until the last moment of your life and we will do all that we can do, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.” 
– Dame Cicely Saunders

“If you want to help those most in need to die with love, care and dignity, support ABODE. This is a place where God dwells.”

John Calhoun Wells

“ABODE is a place of angels. Some of the most beautiful and caring people I know!”

Sheila Korte

“We would walk in and someone was always sitting with her and holding her hand. They wanted her to know she wasn’t alone.”

Norma Rodriguez

“When the time came for my mom to go, they grieved with us. Everything about this place is perfect.”

Victoria Van Winkle

“I so wish you all had more rooms or there were more homes like this in San Antonio.”

Tracie Marie

“At ABODE, I witnessed God’s demonstration of true compassionate patience. The caregivers here are incredible.”

Linda Mitchell

“Thank you for making my family part of your family in our time of sorrow. We are healing as time passes by.”

Erlinda Amador

“ABODE’s backyard is filled with such spiritual features. It’s a true place of stillness and peace.”

Jill Phelps

“ABODE is a safe and welcoming space where love and peace abide, lighting the way for each Guest to make their journey.”

Melanie Sue

“I’ve been doing this work a long time. I’ve learned more about dying from all of you than I learned in all my years of nursing. This is an extraordinary place.”
“I can’t find the words to express how the staff and volunteers took care of my husband. A marvelous experience – I learned more from ABODE than I have anywhere else about compassion and caring.”
“It is like a park here. So beautiful. I love everything here. I love everyone here. Thank you. Thank you for taking care of me.”

How You Can Help

Your financial support is key to helping us cover our operating costs – and we have plenty of great volunteer projects. On top of that? Please help us spread the good word. Read and share our award-winning newsletter and follow and share our social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

How You Can Help

Your financial support is key to helping us cover our operating costs – and we have plenty of great volunteer projects. On top of that? Please help us spread the good word. Read and share our award-winning newsletter and follow and share our social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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Latest News

Life After Loss: Finding Healing and Meaning

Life After Loss: Finding Healing and Meaning

The holidays will soon be upon us – a particularly difficult time for those of us who grieve the loss of our loved ones. To help us better understand the process of grief and how to live through it in a healing way, ABODE is partnering with CHRISTUS VNA Hospice to...

“Spring is Beautiful, but Fall is Meaningful”

“Spring is Beautiful, but Fall is Meaningful”

Hello everyone, The quote in the headline above comes from Louisa V., one of our most memorable Guests. We've been thinking about that quote as we've successfully moved through the spring and summer months and addressed the numerous challenges associated with the...

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Hello everyone, What an unbelievable summer for all of us. In Bexar County, we're now at 45,488 total COVID-19 cases and 741 deaths. When I wrote to you last month, we were at 20,213 cases and 195 deaths. Again, a pretty incredible jump – especially in the number of...

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Upcoming Events

Life After Loss Bereavement Support Group

Life After Loss Bereavement Support Group

Join Rev. Derek LaBranch, Christus Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Barbara Duffield and Christus Hospice Volunteer Coordinator April Cramer as we gather together to share and process our experiences. This six-week virtual support group meets each Thursday via Zoom, starting Thursday, Oct. 15, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Dia de los Muertos HouseHolders Celebration Brunch

Dia de los Muertos HouseHolders Celebration Brunch

Whether you’re a longtime regular donor, or you’re interested in becoming one, join us as we celebrate our shared passion for ABODE. Hear how your sustainable gift makes a difference to our Guests, along with all the new perks of being a HouseHolder.

Dia de los Muertos brunch is Sunday, Oct. 25. Brunch Box Pick Up: 10-11:30 a.m. Meet Online: Noon-1 p.m.

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