My grandmother is 88, diagnosed with dementia last year. She had been suffering from severe osteoporosis and pain for several years. Her condition has been steadily worsening this past year. She lost the ability to walk. Then she was repeatedly hospitalized for UTIs and hospital infections and finally was transferred to a hospice care unit. By then she was down to a little under 100 lbs. Two weeks ago she stopped eating. Her living will prohibits all "invasive" treatments and therefore she is now on a subcutaneous IV drip and pain meds only. She has progressively lost consciousness and reflexes, and just lies still in peaceful sleep. Last weekend the medical staff told us she only had a few days left... but her heart just keeps beating. We take turns by her side and the grief is taking a heavy toll on all of us. How long can her body last like this? We know she no longer feel pain but... it's like she and us are trapped at a crossroads, unable to move on.