I think it is important to note that "last hours" "just around the corner" and "this close" have to be taken in the context of an average 70-year life span described in the Bible. In other words, if you are a spirit creature of infinite lifespan, a thousand years might be the blink of an eye. But when you tell someone whose optimal lifespan is 80-90 years that an event is "this close," you have to realize that it has to be within that window in order to have any relevance. My 87-year-old aunt just died - still witnessing in the hospice she was confined to, right up to her last breath. She really wanted to live forever - it had been her hope since she was about 14 years old. But now she has experienced the death that she was promised would not be her portion (Millions Now Living Will Never Die!) How will she know that she is not to be resurrected? She won't, of course.
A dear friend died a few months ago. She believed with all her heart what the Watchtower teaches.
She wasn't supposed to die, ever.
I she awaiting a resurrection while being in a non-existent state resembling sleep?
I don't think so.
I believe that unless she called out to Jesus before she died her reward is sealed.
I just hope she had enough sense to realise before she took her last breath here that she was really dying and the Watchtower had deceived her for over 50 years.