Services Provided

DEATH MIDWIFERY 

Our Death Midwives provide loving care to a family throughout the entire journey of transition from terminal diagnosis to final disposition. We offer emotional, spiritual and practical support for a conscious dying experience free from suffering and continue holding you for the following days through the vigil, funeral and disposition process.

Sacred Crossings Death Midwives are Inter-Faith Ministers who have completed the certificate program in The Art of Death Midwifery and mentorship with founder Rev. Olivia Bareham.  We can support families of all cultures, faiths and creeds, and although we can help a family at any time, it is recommended to make arrangements in advance

A complete list of services provided is as follows:

  • In-home or in-hospital consultations  30 – 90 minutes
  • End-of-life spiritual guidance and support
  • Emergency room and sudden death rituals, prayers and support
  • Pre-need planning: includes phone calls, visits with family members, hospice personnel, social workers, etc. as needed
  • Assistance with completing advance directives for health care and death care
  • Location of a local funeral home and/or cemetery that is committed to meeting all the needs of the family. (Sacred Crossings Funeral Home opens September 2017)
  • Coordinating with hospice/hospital/funeral home/crematory/cemetery personnel as needed.
  • Arrival at the home within 4 hours of time of transition
  • Education, guidance and support for after-death care of the body
  • Bedside ministerial rituals and services, pre and post death
  • Sacred bedside singing pre and post death
  • Creating sacred space and altars
  • Daily visits to the home and 24/7 availability for comfort and support during the vigil
  • Support with decorating the cremation casket and providing all art supplies
  • Funeral celebrant services – include planning and officiating the funeral, memorial or graveside service; writing the eulogy; providing ritual and prayer selections
  • Bereavement Ministerial services as required
  • Accompanying the family to funeral home and /or crematory for witness cremation and if required
  • Referrals to competent and experienced clergy, photographers, videographers, musicians, printers, etc.
  • Follow-up support phone calls and visits on as-needed basis
  • Pet hospice, pet funerals and memorials (please see ‘pet funerals’ on the drop down menu under ‘services’ for details.

We are committed to reclaiming the sacred at the time of transition and to lovingly hold you and your family every step of the way. Let us take care of the details so that you can relax into the presence of your beloved.

310-968-2763