Hubs on hospice now. They gave me a little booklet describing the approach to death--first "weeks to Months", then "days to weeks", etc., what the dying person may be doing. But it's things like withdrawing, talking of people who are already dead, & so on. With Hubs, I don't see the things you'd see in someone who still had their mind. He sleeps more, is less interactive, but it seems like just a general slowing down. None of the interesting stuff, because sadly he can't communicate verbally (and even if he could, I can only imagine what he's "thinking"). He can't tell me, of course. But I do cuddle up to him and speak to him as if he were "all there", which he seems to like, or at least be indifferent to. I suppose this is just another form of the "how long is it going to be" question. Sigh. I sometimes think he's just about to die, and other times I think he'll go on for a long time. His heart is strong, his lungs are strong, his upper body is still very strong, but he's totally incontinent and has no memory at all and spends his time sitting in his wheelchair, mostly sleeping, or in bed, sleeping. Is there any way to tell, in someone who has severe dementia and is non verbal, where they are in the approach to end-of-life?