The good news: Dad is under the care of one of the best palliative care specialists in the nation.
The bad news: Dad is under the care of one of the best palliative care specialists in the nation. The prognosis is that he has just a few days left.
I'll be here until the end, and beyond for the funeral and to help Mom. What we're going to do long term is an open question, and I'm worried about her.
When my grandfather died, it was after months of lingering in a home with very little function, and Dad has been vehement ever since that he absolutely doesn't want that. His certainty on that point (DNR et al.) has made this a little easier, and at least he'll be spared the sort of end that he feared. And in the grand scheme of things, a peaceful death with his family around him pretty much qualifies as a happy ending. It just doesn't feel that way just now.