My 86 year old Mom and I have just gone through a very sad experience together. Mom's beloved sister, the sweetest thing in the world who we visited every day at her apt where she lived independently, fell about a month ago. She was alone in her apt. and she broke her hip. During the hip surgery the following day, she apparently had a small stroke. They discharged her from the hospital three days later to rehab. Long story short, a week later she was back in the hospital with pneumonia and CT scans revealed she'd had two more strokes. The Dr. said no hope. Feeding tube was discontinued, and my Mom and I spent everyday at the hosp. w/ her. Stroking her head, talking to her, standing by her as she died. That process took five days. The entire journey has been extremely sad and exhausting. This lady was spunky and fit! We're all just stunned, but the worst is my Mom. She cannot get her head around the reality that her sis is gone. She just can't grasp it. This happened on Fri. night, and I told Mom Sat. morning. Ever since then it's been questions, over and over, the same things, and she desparately wants to see her sister. Mom and I were with her every day, but her son took over in the evenings. That is when she died. He made the decision to have her cremated. She is gone. I keep telling Mom she's in Heaven w/ all of her loved ones. Mom is so down, and sad, and frankly....so am I. Do you think I should call her Dr. tomorrow about an anti depressant, and if so, would you have any suggestions? I know the elderly are sensitive to many meds. Any help would be so appreciated. We're SAD!! And Mom is confused!!