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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 501(c)(3) 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 here to serve you during your most tender of days.

“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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Death Cafe

Death Cafe

Death Cafe is a discussion group – we welcome free-form conversation about death, whatever that means to the people in the room. There are no agendas, objectives or themes – and we are not a grief support group or educational meeting. Nothing is sold, taught or recruited for.

We simply gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.

Making Your Grief Count with Darwin Huartson

Making Your Grief Count with Darwin Huartson

We are delighted to partner with Porter Loring Mortuaries for Making Your Grief Count, an eight-week grief support group that will meet 11:30 am-1 pm, each Wednesday from July 20 until Sept. 7. We’ll meet at ABODE, 8619 Post Oak Lane.

ABODE Staff and Volunteer Training

ABODE Staff and Volunteer Training

Ready to volunteer? We’re ready for you! ABODE welcomes experienced and new volunteers, former volunteers, staff, board members and anyone interested in learning more about ABODE and how we make a difference in our Guests’ lives, even at the end of their lives.

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Upcoming Events

Death Cafe

Death Cafe

Death Cafe is a discussion group – we welcome free-form conversation about death, whatever that means to the people in the room. There are no agendas, objectives or themes – and we are not a grief support group or educational meeting. Nothing is sold, taught or recruited for.

We simply gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.

Making Your Grief Count with Darwin Huartson

Making Your Grief Count with Darwin Huartson

We are delighted to partner with Porter Loring Mortuaries for Making Your Grief Count, an eight-week grief support group that will meet 11:30 am-1 pm, each Wednesday from July 20 until Sept. 7. We’ll meet at ABODE, 8619 Post Oak Lane.

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