Now that we can live so much longer with serious illnesses such as advanced cancer or heart disease, how can we help patients with advanced illness to live well while also helping them to face grief and loss? Barely anyone was asking this a decade ago. But now the dilemma is overwhelming our health care system. The John & Cathy Belcher Institute for Complex Illness Care will connect national experts, advocates, and community members to tackle such huge questions. The Institute will both advance the knowledge of medical professionals and involve community members in becoming more aware of how to physically, emotionally and spiritually support people with advanced illness.