A week ago, my grandfather had a heart attack and was rushed to the emergency room. It seemed very likely that he would die that night, but he was revived and has spent the last week in a vegetative state. The family had been waiting for reports on whether Grandpa was likely to regain brain function (since he spent more than five minutes without oxygen), but his afternoon they learned that Grandpa has been essentially brain dead since the heart attack and has no hope of recovery. After much consultation with doctors and priests, the decision has been made to take him off life support (in accordance with his wishes, expressed as recently as Thanksgiving weekend), retaining only an IV for nutrition and pain medication.
If you would be so kind, please pray for a peaceful and blessed death for Grandpa, and for my grandmother and all my father's family during this difficult time.