My mother had a fairly good day yesterday, awake perhaps 5 or 6 hours of the day and lightly napping the other times. She had a hard night, though, unsettled and unhappy, and today she is sleeping deeply, not comatose, but in a dreamlike state not unlike being comatose. She has been in hospice care since early September, when her Alzheimer's took a turn for the worse, leaving her right side nearly useless. She also has her own carers, as always, who have been with her most days. When the carer today leaves at 5, I'll be able to go be with her without intrusion. We're waiting right now for a call from the hospice nurse to see if they want to stop by. If she continues like this for a few days, I imagine we are looking at the end here. She has rallied before, but this period of sleeping has been lasting awhile now, and I can't awaken her. My mother was once a vibrant, cheerful, happy person. This is very painful watching her go this way, yet I hope she passes on soon. Yesterday she said, when I tried to awaken her in the morning, "I don't want to wake up. I don't ever want to wake up again." Maybe this is as she wishes, today. Time will tell. I'm grateful to the brave people who have posted on this particular forum, as in reading your experiences, I feel prepared for my own inevitable loss.