Edwin Sasek dreamed of a place where someone who was dying could be cared for and loved in a peaceful, gentle atmosphere.
He imagined other like minded people helping, a contemplative community gathering to be present and stand alongside those leaving this world.
Edwin attended the Kubler-Ross Institute in the 80s, where he met John McKelvy. Years later, when Edwin and John reconnected, John told of a home for people at end-of-life, Mother Theresa House.
Edwin understood this model could work in San Antonio. He gathered a group of people to begin creating ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying.
As we remember the things we’re thankful this time of year, I remember all the loving work of so many people who helped to make my dream of 20 years a reality. As a hospice chaplain, I had seen the great need to provide a safe and loving place for people to be cared for in the last three months of their lives.
That dream became a reality in December 2014 when we welcomed the first guest to come to our custom designed home at 8619 Post Oak Lane in San Antonio. It had been a joy to work hard as a dedicated group of like-minded people of all faiths to form a nonprofit and raise the money to build and furnish the ABODE Home, with no mortgage, on a beautiful tree filled landscape.
The ABODE Home has welcomed many hospice patients, our guests, since then, who receive the love, caring and beauty at the end of life at no cost to them. And our specially trained staff and volunteers serve the family members and loved ones of each guest, helping them to understand contemplative care the beauty and preciousness of those last days.
After a guest died recently, his wife of 70 years said to me, “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 those people than I have anywhere else about compassion and caring.” We give families peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the very best of care from ABODE’s staff and volunteers along with that person’s own Hospice Agency. And that’s priceless!