The Sacred Crossings Institute offers a spiritual path to awakening grounded in the study of Death Midwifery and the Journey of the Soul. Our philosophy is based upon Theosophical teachings and spiritual texts from a variety of religious traditions.

Students are professional and non-professional end-of-this-life caregivers, spiritual seekers and those seeking to broaden their knowledge of the dying process.

The following classes are offered throughout the year and facilitated by Rev. Olivia.

Please join our mailing list via the link at the bottom of this page for information regarding class dates and locations

If you would like to host a class in your area please write to Olivia or call: 310-968-2763.


Thank you for your interest.  We look forward to sharing this sacred journey with you.



Introduction to Home Funerals & Death Midwifery

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Discover your options for after-death care and learn how to create a personal, deeply meaningful vigil and funeral at home.           Topics covered include: * Legalities and logistics for home-based, natural after-death care * The role of a Death Midwife * Benefits of a family-directed home funeral * The importance of a three-day vigil * Pre-planning for one’s final transition: Healthcare & Deathcare Directives * Our final footprint on the environment and the case for “Green” burials * Films that demonstrate the sacred beauty of home funerals and green burials * Q & A This 2-hour workshop is offered throughout the year in West LA. Please join our e-mail list to receive notifications of a class near you.  If you would like to offer this class to your community or church group, please contact Olivia at:   Thank...

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Assisted Suicide – Before you Decide…

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The Death with Dignity Act, also known as ‘ Medical Aid in Dying’ allows for Physicians to prescribe lethal doses of narcotics that a person can administer themselves if they have a terminal diagnosis.  This practice is now legal in a growing number of states including California. The choice to to take one’s own life is a comforting solution to many facing pain and suffering, but what are the deeper implications of making this choice? This 3-hour thought provoking and interactive workshop includes film excerpts, stories and discussion while investigating the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of allowing natural death vs. taking lethal prescription drugs. Workshop takes place in a private home in Pacific Palisades. Sunday, July 9, 2017 7pm – 10pm $25  Click HERE to rsvp via paypal If you are contemplating this option for yourself and would like a private in-home consultation, please write to Olivia at:

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Completing Advance Directives

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Learn the steps to take to prepare for a ‘good death’ and relieve your loved-ones from making these important health-care and death-care decisions for you.   Complete your Advance Directives today!     Topics discussed: * Choosing a Healthcare advocate * Making informed decisions about artificial nutrition, artificial hydration, organ and body donations * The DNR and POLST forms – how and when to complete them * Completing your Advance Directive for Health Care * Choosing a Death-care advocate * Making informed decisions about after-death care, home funerals vs. conventional funerals, cremation or burial * Completing your Advance Directive for Death Care * Create your Death File – learn what documents to include   Sunday, March 26, 2017 2pm – 6 pm   West LA $60.   Price of the workshop includes all documents including the Calif. Advance Health Care Directive, POLST and the Sacred Crossings Advance Death Care Directive. Click HERE to rsvp via paypal.  Location information will be given to paid participants. Class limited to 8 to ensure the intimacy of the group and to enable all participants to complete the directives and have them witness and signed. ‘When the time comes to die, make sure all you have to do is die.”...

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The Art of Death Midwifery

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The Art of Death Midwifery is an intensive, in-depth training for professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers and those seeking to prepare for a conscious, peaceful transition. … This certificate training course consists of 3 intensive weekend workshops plus group conference calls, reading and practical assignments. Level I:   ENTER THE GRAVE – A Spiritual Practice Level 2:  CONSCIOUS DYING – Preparing for a Peaceful Transition Level 3:  AFTER DEATH CARE – Preparation of the body, Home Funerals & Final Disposition FUNERAL CELEBRANT TRAINING – This optional certificate training is for Interfaith Ministers and those seeking a career as a Funeral Celebrant For class details and the 2018 schedule please visit: The Art of Death...

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Your Final Footprint

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An introduction to environmentally conscious after-death care, green burials and alternative cremations. Ensure that your final footprint reflects your conscious life-style choices.   Topics include: * The case against embalming *  Natural, non toxic after-death care and preservation practices *  Green, bio-degradable caskets, coffins and shrouds *  Green burials vs. conventional burials *  Alternatives to fire cremation: Alkaline Hydrolysis, Promession, Excarnation *  Maritime burials at sea This 2- hour workshop if offered periodically throughout the year. Please be sure to sign up on our mailing list to receive updates for classes in your area.  If you would like Olivia to bring this workshop to your community or church group, please write to Olivia at: Thank...

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