I'm not sure if this is the end or not. My mom has been on home hospice for about 6 months. My dad is pretty sick himself but has been taking care of her non stop this whole time. My mom has COPD and other age related problems including dementia. She is 82. I was helping with the caregiving for both of them until they decided I wasn't helping and threw me out. If you read back on some of my posts they explain it better. I've been little by little helping out here and there but nothing like before. My leave of absence from my job is almost over so my son and I decided to take an overdue vacation back east. Everyone here said a great idea when will you ever get the chance again. So off we went. I got a phone call a few days into the trip that things took a real bad turn and we needed to get home right away. Before we left my mother was eating drinking taking her meds, getting out of bed, reading, her normal routine. Now she hasn't eaten in 3 days, she's off all meds except morphine and lorazapam. The nurse says she'll be gone in 3 days and that her body is shutting down. Could this be? She was doing her best before I left now she has about 3 days left? I don't understand. Can it be that quick? And she doesn't understand herself.