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The Sacred Crossings Institute for Conscious Dying offers offers workshops and classes in conscious dying and a certificate program in The Art of Death Midwifery.

Students are both professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers and those wishing to further their spiritual growth by exploring the dying process.

The Sacred Crossings Funeral Home offers a full range of services including home funerals, cremation, burial, traditional funerals and memorial services.

Sacred Crossings is a non-denominational service without cultural or religious discrimination. While it is best to begin funeral planning in advance, we can help a family at any time.


Rev. Olivia Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings is a certified Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide and Celebrant. She holds bachelors degrees in Education and Natural Theology and Sacred Healing and is an ordained Inter-faith Minister.  Olivia’s experience as an auxiliary nurse, hospice volunteer and her mother’s end-of-life caregiver, inspired her to investigate more meaningful and personal alternatives to traditional funeral practices. She currently guides individuals in Los Angeles toward a conscious dying experience and supports families in caring for their loved-ones after death at home. She recently co-founded the Sacred Crossings Funeral Home offering a complete range of services including burial and cremation.


“At the event of death and for a few days following, there is a window of opportunity for great healing to occur. When my mother’s body was taken away just hours after her death, I felt this window close. We were left feeling helpless, unsure and wishing that we had had a little more time.”

In an effort to provide a way to keep this window open and facilitate the healing process, Olivia immersed herself in the study of death and dying culminating in certification as a Death Midwife and Home Funeral Guide. She subsequently created Sacred Crossings with the mission of guiding others toward a conscious dying experience; offering guidance for end-of-life planning and support for honoring religious and cultural traditions by holding a home vigil.

“When I was called bedside to help an individual make their transition, I found they were often remorseful about unresolved relationships, fearful of what was going to happen, and stressed about anticipated suffering. Loved-ones were unaware of the options for after-death care and often overwhelmed by funeral options and fees. It became clear there was a great need for death education so I began teaching classes and workshops on Conscious Dying, Death Midwifery and Home Funerals.”

In 2017, Olivia co-founded the nation’s first alternative funeral home owned and operated by Death Midwives. The Sacred Crossings Funeral Home provides a full range of services including burials, cremations and home funerals.  Please call for details and to make an appointment:  310-968-2763

Olivia is a writer, producer and public speaker and an active member of the National Home Funeral Alliance, http://www.homefuneralalliance.org 

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Areas served in Los Angeles:
Agoura, Bell Canyon, Beverly Hills, Bell Air, Burbank, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Glendale,
Granada Hills, Los Angeles, Mission Hills, Moorpark, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Santa Clarita Valley, Sherman Oaks,Simi Valley, Studio City, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, West Hills, Westlake Village, Winnetka, Woodland Hills.

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