Gregory Crawford, MBBS, MPHC, MD, FRACGP, FAChPM of The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia discusses a session organised by the Palliative Care Work Group, looking at end of life issues, e.g. ‘what is a good death’. A push for advanced care directives across the world helps people with end of life decisions. What doctors think their patients want can be quite different from what people themselves want. Being comfortable, having the right people around, and symptoms control are often mentioned by patients who are looking at the end of their life. Recorded at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and International Society of Ocular Oncology (ISOO) 2016 Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer held in Adelaide, Australia.