Contemplative care offers an environment of compassionate presence.
The environment of compassionate presence offered by staff and volunteers at ABODE creates stability, confidence, and accepting relationships with our Guests. Our presence and vulnerability from moment to moment creates gentle space for them to do the work of dying they've come to ABODE to do.
Sometimes contemplative care means humming, meditating, or praying. Sometimes it means holding space for anger or fear - our guests', their families', or our own. Sometimes it means not fixing, rather witnessing and walking alongside. Sometimes contemplative care is a fire ceremony held by the community on behalf of a guest. Sometimes it is raucous laughter. Sometimes holding space for tears. Sometimes silence.
ABODE volunteers and staff engage in our own varied personal spiritual practices, meaningful to our own experience of living. This connection to something beyond ourselves, however we define it (God, Spirit, Universe...)is essential to our work.
We often hear from Guests and families: "It's so peaceful here" or "there's something about this place I can't quite describe" or "I feel the love here." That feeling, we believe, is the result of our attention to contemplative care and practices.
Here are some places you can learn more about contemplative care: