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.

Carlos

Carlos

Carlos was with us a very short time. That’s his lovely wife Terry lighting our Tree of Life in his honor. Carlos completed his journey soon after.

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Harold

Harold

Harold, 61, was living in Lubbock and had driven to San Antonio to spend the holidays with his soon-to-be ex-wife and her boyfriend.

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Wilma

Wilma

We’re happy to have Wilma with us – with regular visits from her daughter Cindy and furbaby Bridget. Wilma spent her career as a bank teller – and she enjoys tiny beadwork. She’s currently in our Peach Room and loves to have visitors, so please feel free to stop by...

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Tom

Tom

Tom, 61, was quite far along with cancer when he joined us. His wife, Mary, heard about ABODE through friends of Ken – and she’s the cousin of another Guest we cared for in 2020 – Ruth.

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Janet

Janet

We didn’t know much about Janet, 70, when she came to us except that she had a very interesting career as an attorney. While she was unable to communicate with us verbally, we made sure she felt safe, valued and loved at every step of her journey. Janet was our 260th...

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Yolanda

Yolanda

Yolanda was a very tiny woman with the cruelest case of cancer that we’ve seen at ABODE for quite some time. We kept her pain under control and tended to quite a large wound several times a day.

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James

James

In January, we received this email: “We have a gentleman friend, James, who visits our parish (St. Anthony the Great Eastern Orthodox) who has been homeless for a while.

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Ken

Ken

Ken, 88, was Retired Army Colonel, and so well-loved by his family and friends. He received regular visits from them all, and from ABODE supporter Hal Smarkola – a Retired Air Force Colonel.

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Renee

Renee

Sometimes folks come to us looking quite lively, and then they die the very next day. Such was the case with Renee, 68.

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Genevieve and Evangelina

Genevieve and Evangelina

Genevieve, 89, and Evangelina, 71, arrived at ABODE around the same time. Two lovely spirits of two lovely women…and a special gentleman who helped walk them both home.

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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.

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