Death, whether or not accompanied by disease, is a natural part of the cycle of life. We are all faced with death sooner or later. Everyone here is going to pass into that mystery, whatever our beliefs. Today?s session is not intended to replace extensive training, but to create a primer for the interested herbal practitioner to contribute, where welcome, to a bereavement team. Palliative care (aimed at quality of life, not recovery) focuses on symptom relief, especially pain, and the stress often accompanying end of life. Ideally, a team of medical specialists, trained volunteers, family, and the patient act interdependently. For those dying and those living with grief, herbal medicine can be a gift.