This paper examines the role of clinical supervision in relation to the work of palliative care nurses. Through a single ‘paradigm’ case study illustration the author explores a phenomenologically guided palliative method of supervision. It is suggested that such means of supervized clinical practice forge a bond between patients, families, nurse and colleagues. The discussion explores ethical issues related to supervisory relationships including language, power and gender. The paper concludes with the central recommendation that, aside from methodological considerations, constructing a safe working environment for clinical supervision is important.