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Training Pix + Our Upcoming Luminarias
+ Our Guests, Our Hearts

Nov. 23, 2021

Hello everyone, 

The end of the year is an exceptionally beautiful time at ABODE. The cool air invites us to keep our windows open. Our Guests enjoy time outdoors on their patios. 
We’re especially happy to report that our volunteers – longtime and new – have returned to the house, helping us carry out our mission, vision and values every day. Our recent Staff and Volunteer Training was a big success – please scroll down for a recap and pictures!


(top) Minnie, David and James, (bottom) Ed Alderette sitting with Gordon 

Since I wrote to you last, we've said goodbye to Minnie. She was doing well enough to return home, where her family is so lovingly caring for her during her final days. We're continuing to care for David – and we recently welcomed James to ABODE.

We also said goodbye to Gordon, a lovely gentleman who came to us after a series of falls that, along with other conditions, led him to his final stretch of life. We cared for him for just a few days until he took his last breath, quietly and peacefully. That’s one of our volunteers, Ed Alderette, sitting with Gordon, a day before he passed.

And we've recently cared for, and said goodbye to, Janet, Raymond and Linda. Linda arrived in quite a bit of pain. With the careful, loving attention of Christus Hospice and our own staff, we alleviated her discomfort and she was able to pass in peace. 


We had a fun visit from the Jibaros Motorcycle Club of San Antonio the other day. Each year around Thanksgiving, these fine folks roll up on their snazzy bikes and drop off much-welcomed goodies for us. We appreciate the generosity of this adventurous group – and all our donors.

We have one more big event this year that we hope you'll join us for. Our annual  Holiday Luminarias Lighting  is coming up Sunday, Dec. 19. We invite you to purchase luminarias in honor of your loved ones. They're $25 apiece and we'll personalize them for you. Scroll down for more details and please plan to join us 5-7 pm, Sunday, De. 19, in our back yard.


Interested in getting more involved at ABODE? Please  reach out  – we'd love to hear from you. And follow us on social media for regular updates on new Guests and happenings at ABODE.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving week – and please know how thankful we are for all of you!

Mary Thorsby, Executive Director
Tax ID #27-3691295

PS: Let's finish the year strong! Help us if you can by  donating here.  

Holiday Luminarias Lighting: Sunday, Dec. 19

The spirit of ABODE is always bright during the holidays – especially during our annual Holiday Luminarias Lighting. This season, we'll light close to 250 luminarias in our back yard in honor of the Guests we've loved and cared for since we opened our doors seven years ago. 

We invite YOU to participate by purchasing luminarias in honor of those you love, as well. Please  click here  to purchase – they're $25 apiece. You'll see a field where you can indicate the names of your loved ones – we'll personalize the luminarias for you.

And then plan to join us outdoors 5-7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, at ABODE, 8619 Post Oak Lane, for the lighting event, featuring the Conroy Christmas Carolers! We'd love to have you with us!

Staff and Volunteer Training: Big Success!

Kindness and enthusiasm filled Brown Hall at the Church of Reconciliation as staff, board members, volunteers and supporters gathered, Nov. 12 and 13, for our content-rich and action-packed ABODE Training Program.
We heard from Co-Founders Patsy and Edwin Sasek about our history, Executive Director Mary Thorsby on how ABODE works along with lessons learned in the field of death care, Volunteer Coordinator Susan Ruch on all the wonderful opportunities to lend a hand and Board Member Beverly Tuomala on The Dying Process: Things You Were “Dying” to Know. We do have a sense of humor here at ABODE!
Board President Robert Soza kicked off the training, inviting folks to place meaningful items on our communal altar. And Board Member Peg Armstrong shared how to “be” with the dying, calling on what she learned while studying under Mother Teresa.
We also learned how to turn someone in bed, change a diaper and even how to make up a bed with someone in it. And we all received brand-new ABODE Training Manuals.
Among the favorite takeaways:

• “That presence and being open and listening is of upmost importance.”
• “This training made me realize more how finite life on earth is.”
• “I like knowing that I am not ‘morbid’ for wanting to assist the dying and trying to make their last days, weeks or months as comfortable and joyful as possible.”
No ABODE event is complete without food from FrankieB Catering and wine from Scout & Cellar! Many thanks to everyone for your support.
If you didn’t get to attend but you’re still interested in volunteering,  please reach out . We have something for everyone here at ABODE!

Thank you, Sue Johnson, for these fun photos!
All donations to ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying are tax-deductible. 
Tax ID #27-3691295. Your donations are what make our work possible.
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