By Rev. Dick Sparks, C.S.P., Ph.D. An established specialist in Christian ethics here gives a readable and informative understanding of the concept of palliative care. This booklet is sure to serve patients, families, as well as healthcare professionals/pastoral ministers as they consider and advise choices in dealing with pain and suffering of illnesses. Helpful sections of the booklet are entitled: What exactly is palliative care? When is it time to utilize palliative care? What are the issues involved in palliative care? Is there palliative care beyond medications? As a consultant to health-care facilities, the author speaks from much experience as he presents here a solid understanding of critical care that is patient, gentle, and humane.