The Partnership for Palliative Care consists of a team of health care and other professionals who collaborate to promote palliative-supportive care and advocate for access to care. The goal is to facilitate discussions about end of life issues including: palliative-supportive care: hospice care: curative care: advanced directives: and legal, financial and ethical considerations. These discussions are part of the Partnership's effort to address families' concerns regarding advanced illness and make them aware of the options available. Palliative care comforts and supports individuals who are living with, and possibly dying from, life-threatening illness. It is the combination of active medical and compassionate therapies that address their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Palliative care may be combined with therapies aimed at reducing or curing illness (pre-hospice) or it may be the total focus of the care (hospice). The goal of palliative care is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and families experiencing advanced chronic or life-limiting illness.