Who We Are

The Sacred Crossings Institute offers workshops and classes in conscious dying, home funerals, end-of-life planning 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 development by exploring the dying process.

The Sacred Crossings Funeral Home  is owned and operated by certified death midwives and offers a full range of services including home funerals, cremation, conventional burial, green burial and full-body sea burial and memorial services.


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 geriatric nurse, hospice volunteer and hands-on-healer inspired her to create Sacred Crossings with the vision of changing the culture of death and dying through education, death midwifery and home funerals.  Olivia currently counsels bedside with the dying, facilitates classes and workshops in conscious dying and certificate program in  ‘The Art of Death Midwifery’ 


“At the event of death and for a few days following, there is a window of opportunity for great healing to occur. When a body is whisked away moments after death, this window closes, often permanently, leaving  families feeling helpless, unsure and wishing they 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 after-death care culminating in certification as a Home Funeral Guide. She subsequently created Sacred Crossings with the mission of guiding others toward a conscious dying experience and supporting families in caring for their loved-ones after death at home.  


In 2016, 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 to Southern California including burials, cremations and home funerals..  To  make an appointment to speak to one of our funeral arrangers please call:  800-805-5561


Olivia is a writer, producer and public speaker. She is an active member of the National Home Funeral Alliance and serves on the board of c3 – The Center for Conscious Creativity.  To read more about Olivia’s philosophy on the art of dying, click HERE. 


“The time has come to return death to its rightful place in the circle of life. When we know we are going to die we don’t need life support, we need death support. When our loved one has taken his last breath we don’t need to fearfully cast his body into the hands of strangers, we need to come together as a community to honor him in a final act of love – we need to give ourselves time to process the enormity of what has just occurred, not just a few minutes in a sterile environment with a body made to look like waxwork, but hours, if not days, to truly witness and integrate the phenomena before us and ask ourselves, ‘who am I now?’”  

Rev. Olivia Bareham


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Thank you for choosing Sacred Crossings to assist you on your journey home. It is an honor to serve you. 

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