The Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine in the University of British Columbia, aims to ensure excellence in care of the dying through research, community advocacy and education in undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and public education.

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 no longer amenable to cure. 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 the dying and to the bereaved.