I am sure this has been answerd before but there is nothing readilly available from basic searches. Just really wondering if we have seen the end of Forge for Minecraft or if there is anything in the works for the future. any meaningful update on the progress would be awesome.
Minecraft Forge is nowhere near dead. The reason that there has been months since the release of 1.13 and there's no Minecraft Forge for 1.13 is that they are rewriting it from the ground up. I am hearing rumours of Forge getting closer to a public release, but I cannot confirm this properly. Also, if you check on the Forge website's forums, there is a link at the very top that states that they are working on a release.
As for 1.12, it seems to be slowing down on releases, as they are working on the next version, but it is certainly not gone. If you want to see how they are progressing along, you should check out Minecraft Forge's GitHub repository for updates.