Guests

Our Guests’ courage and faith never fail to touch our hearts.

Mary

Mary

Guests like Mary, who came to us with Stage 4 endometrial cancer. At age 73, Mary lived alone in San Antonio’s Monte Vista neighborhood. She knew she was dying and didn’t want to be a burden on anyone – especially her nieces, who were busy with their families and careers. But Mary could no longer live alone.

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Mark

Mark

From the moment Mark arrived at ABODE, we knew something magical was going to happen. He was just 58 years old and had battled cancer for several years. Mark’s room was filled with friendship, laughter, music and love. He’d been somewhat estranged from his family. He and his sisters reunited at ABODE. They told us that their time together here helped heal two generations of family pain.

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Robert

Robert

Robert is in our Peach Room. He’s the strong, silent type – though we manage to get a chuckle out of him every now and then. Robert retired from a 30+ year career in the Air Force. We’ve placed an Air Force flag in the garden outside his room.

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Gloria

Gloria

When Gloria came to us, she was pretty far along in her journey. She struggled with bladder cancer, a particularly painful disease. We loved taking care of her and being there with her as her journey came to a very peaceful end. Her sweet husband, Jose, visited daily....

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Jewel

Jewel

We had a beautiful jewel in our Green Room – literally! Her name was Jewel, and it fit her perfectly. Jewel had a rough go over the past few years and was in a terrible amount of pain from a very rare blood cancer and other ailments that needed tending to.

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Philip

Philip

Philip was with us less than 24 hours. During that short time, we felt his spirit and soul.

Those in the military often face their own unique challenges when it comes to death and dying. Philip spent his career in the Air Force. He was a Vietnam vet. When he died, Myra and Macy of Dignity Funeral lovingly and respectfully wrapped him in a white sheet, placed a pretty cover on him and then draped him with the American flag.

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Beatriz

Beatriz

Beatriz, who brought such a special spark and a beautiful Argentinian accent to our home, died in January. Her nephew traveled from Mexico City to join her in her final days at ABODE. A bit cautious of us at first, it didn’t take long before Beatriz could finally relax and know that she was in a safe and loving place.

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Efren

Efren

Efren was almost 93 when he arrived at ABODE. Sometimes folks called him The Teacher – that’s from teaching Sunday School and also from playing dominoes with his brother. Efren used to tease his brother by saying, “Let me sit down and teach you,” as siblings tend to do.

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Ruth

Ruth

Ruth (right), who described herself as “100 and some” years old, died very early in the morning with her daughter Brenda by her side. We enjoyed Ruth’s spunky sense of humor and getting to know her family. They visited her daily – often multiple times a day.

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Jesus

Jesus

And we said farewell to Jesus. His son, Jesse, took a bus from Houston to be with him. Jesse had only known his father for the past five years. We asked if he would like to have a photo of his dad and him. He said yes. When he saw it, he said so sweetly, “That’s my dad. I wish we had more time. We have more catching up to do.”

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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.