Guests

Each of our Guests is special and unique – though we’ve found common threads in their final days. They often ask: What did my life represent? Did I say everything I wanted to say? Did I love well? Was I loved?

Our contemplative approach to care comes into play as Guests ponder those questions. We have honed a sixth sense about nuanced changes, needs, when to engage, when to pull back and when to simply be present – because sometimes the most helpful thing we can do is simply be. ABODE is a place where Guests can find peace before they die. And we honor and celebrate them every step of the way.

Tom

Tom

We are always honored to care for our veterans – including our newest Guest, Tom, a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. Tom served in Vietnam. Here, Tom is visited by another retired Air Force vet – Colonel Hal Smarkola. They had a lovely chat and shared a crisp...

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Geoff

Geoff

Geoff arrived the day after his daughter Merritt married her fiance – right in Geoff’s hospital room. Knowing that Geoff was in his final phase of life, they didn’t want him to miss the festivities. In fact, this first picture shows Geoff and Merritt “dancing” in his...

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Margaret

Margaret

After many long bouts of cancer, Margaret passed away on a Sunday evening, with her sister and dear friend by her side. We lit our Tree of Contemplation as she entered her final phase of life. Margaret’s family and friends visited her regularly here at ABODE. She died...

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Maria

Maria

Maria spent more than a week with us, and was well into her journey before passing away on a beautiful Saturday morning. Her only daughter, her best friend of many years and her nephew surrounded her and prayed for her at her bedside. It was soft and beautiful as she...

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Kong

Kong

Kong was another Guest who improved dramatically under our care. If you follow us on social media or receive our email newsletters, you may recall that when he arrived at ABODE, Kong was a bit of a mystery. He understood English and Spanish, but his verbal responses...

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Michael

Michael

Michael was just 60 years old when he came to ABODE and was with us a week before he died. He had two sons and two daughters. His daughters visited him daily. They were very close to him and were heartbroken to lose their dad so unexpectedly.Michael served in the...

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Araceli

Araceli

Every now and again, Guests come to ABODE and, with our love and care, they get better! Such was the case with Araceli. After almost two months at ABODE, Araceli moved on to more appropriate accommodations and she now lives much closer to her family. We know she is...

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Margaret

Christine

Christine celebrated her 92nd birthday here at ABODE with all three of her daughters by her bedside. She devoted her life to taking care of her children and grandchildren, working many jobs, often several jobs at once, to make ends meet. Now it’s our turn to help...

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Charlie

Charlie

Our Peach Room is now home to Charlie, 87, and her stuffed chicken – read about her love of the real kind on page 3! Charlie has had such a full life. You may recognize her from The Antler Café in Spring Branch where she worked as the manager. She enjoys watching...

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Maria

Maria

When she looks at us through her beautiful eyes and long lashes, it's as if she’s staring right into our souls. Maria, 90, is in our Green Room. She’s very, very quiet and then, when we least expect it, she’ll say a few words or even a sentence. Her family visits...

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“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.”

Our Veterans

About 5 percent of our Guests are veterans. All branches of the service have been represented. We are grateful to Herschel Sheines and the Jewish War Veterans for their continued support of ABODE and our Veteran Guests.

We’re always especially honored when we can care for Guests who served in our military. In fact, we always place a flag representing their military branch outside their room.