The rescue where I volunteer recently got a call from the authorities -- a woman had been found dead in her house and there were 18 birds (including 2 toos) that needed to go somewhere. She had no family or close friends willing/able to help.
It was obvious that the birds had been well cared for at some point, but not recently (for at least the past few months, if not longer). It looks like she had just been throwing some poor quality seed in their cages.
Luckily she had the birds' names on their dishes (except for one), so we can use their names, which hopefully will be a source of comfort for them, but we know nothing else -- age, favorite food, favorite toys, a phrase/song that the bird loved that might help ease their transition...
The birds are all in bad shape -- one had to be rushed to the emergency vet and probably has about a 50% chance of making it. The others should pull through, but will run up huge vet costs.
The reason I'm posting this is that it brought up some good points:
1. If your condition is deteriorating and you can no longer care for your birds properly, it is far more humane to rehome them someplace where they can be cared for. These guys all have nutritional deficiencies they will need to overcome, and their poor physical condition puts them at risk of infection, etc.
2. Even for those of us who are healthy, leave a detailed care sheet/information with a reliable friend. Even if that friend is unwilling to take care of your bird(s) when you're gone, knowing as much information as possible about the birds likes/dislikes will help to ease their transition.
We're just lucky that she was found the next day. I don't know how long any of them would have survived if it had been a day or two longer.