Who We Are

Sacred Crossings is a Los Angeles-based company offering education, support and guidance for conscious dying and home funerals.

Sacred Crossing Guides assist families with end-of-life planning; death midwifery; creating a vigil and funeral at home and cremation or burial arrangements.


Our education institute offers workshops and classes 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.  Graduates of the death midwifery program are eligible to serve as Sacred Crossing Guides.

The Sacred Crossings Funeral Home (coming soon!) will offer a full range of  services including cremation, burial, funerals and memorials.

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.


“At the event of death and for a few days following, there is a window of opportunity for great healing to occur. When the funeral home took my mother’s body 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 empowering and guiding families to reclaim the ‘Lost art and healing ritual of a Home Funeral’. Over the next ten years the demand for information about conscious dying, after-death care and home funerals increased:


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


Olivia is a writer, producer and public speaker. She is an active member of the National Home Funeral Alliance, http://www.homefuneralalliance.org and past President of the board for The Los Angeles Hospice at Anam Cara in Topanga Canyon. http://anamcarala.org

LOGO Recreated-Nov.2011


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.

zip codes:

90024, 90025, 90046, 90049, 90068, 90069, 90077, 90210, 90265, 90272, 91201, 91202, 91204, 91205, 91206, 91208, 91214, 91301, 91302, 91303, 91304, 91306, 91307, 91311, 91316, 91320, 91321, 91324, 91325,
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