The University of British Columbia Interdepartmental Division of Palliative Care is now based in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine. The Division aims to ensure excellence in care of the dying through research, community advocacy and education in undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and to the public. Palliative care is committed to the relief of suffering, maximizing a person’s comfort, independence and quality of life when his or her illness is advanced. To honour this commitment of care, palliative care aims to provide “whole person care”, i.e. physical, psychological, cultural, social, existential and spiritual support to people living with life-threatening illness, and to their families.