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.

Brandy

Brandy

Can animals be contemplative? We think so. Milo, for example, makes it his mission to greet each of our Guests – like Brandy – and he checks on them each day.
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Celina

Celina

Celina spent many years working in school cafeterias, ensuring that students received the proper nutrition needed each day.
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Mary

Mary

If you’re a fan of the food samples at HEB, Walmart or the like, it’s possible you met Mary, 79, or one of her staff members.
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Takiko

Takiko

Takiko was our first Guest, we believe, from Japan! Taki, 94, died in our Blue Room surrounded by daughter Tina, daughter-in-law Kathy, our Navigator John and our volunteer Patty.
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Letitia

Letitia

Tisha, 71, was under the care of Christus Hospice, with many visitors from Sisters Care and from The Village at Incarnate Word Senior Living Community.
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Jill

Jill

An avid traveler, Jill, 81, was always on an adventure – from Panama to Alaskan cruises to travels through Europe and Asia.
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Davor

Davor

Originally from Croatia, Davor, 75, had been a boat captain and a carpenter in his previous careers – and then he needed 24/7 care in his final days.
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Dorothy

Dorothy

Dorothy, 71, was a healthcare provider and, earlier in her life, a high school custodian.
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Teal

Teal

Teal, 47, died in our Blue Room and touched so many of us as she completed her journey.
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Lynn

Lynn

Lynn was in our Blue Room and enjoyed frequent visits from Max the Cat. She was a sweet and very independent woman.
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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 representing all branches of the military. We are grateful to the Jewish War Veterans for their continued support of ABODE and our Veteran Guests.

We’re especially honored when we care for Guests who served in our military. We place a flag representing their military branch outside their room. And Retired Air Force Col. Hal Smarkola makes it his mission to salute every vet who comes to ABODE.