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.



Funeral Celebrant Training

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Officiating the Funeral & Memorial Service
This optional certificate program is open to those students wishing to train as a funeral celebrant.

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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...

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Physician Aid in Dying – Before you Decide…

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The Death with Dignity Act, also known as ‘ Medical Aid in Dying’ permits 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 there is much to consider before making this important choice. This 3-hour thought provoking and interactive workshop includes film excerpts, stories...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Sacred Crossings

Sacred Crossings