The Art of Death Midwifery Training

 THE ART of DEATH MIDWIFERY is a comprehensive certificate training for death doulas, professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers and those seeking to prepare for a conscious, peaceful transition.

Death Midwifery combines the roles of death doula, spiritual counsellor, end-of-life caregiver, home funeral guide and celebrant.

The death midwife offers information, guidance and support to both the death journeyer and their family from terminal diagnosis through final disposition.

Level II of this program – Conscious Dying, is our Death Doula certificate class. For the complete Death Midwifery training students must complete all three workshops.


“Can’t say enough about this program!! It will absolutely change your life.” – Maggie Yenoki


The Art of Death Midwifery is a 3- Level, 75-hour certificate program consisting of three intensive weekend workshops plus reading, written and practical assignments.

The program is offered twice yearly on both the ZOOM Platform and in-person in Los Angeles (restrictions permitting).  Accommodation is not included. Please see below for the class details

Class size is limited to maintain the intimacy of each group and early reservations are recommended as classes fill quickly. 


“HIGHLY recommend this training. Olivia is a masterful teacher – deeply spiritual, tender and courageous. She leaves nothing out.  I feel empowered to go out and support others now.  Thank you! ” Evelyn Grier


“This training far surpassed my expectations – it is deeply spiritual, while honoring all belief systems and the material is masterfully organized and presented.  I feel prepared and peaceful about my own death now and ready to help guide others.  Incredible value!”      – Sherida Kasteler – 

 Workshops are held on ZOOM via webinar and a limited group will gather in a private home in Pacific Palisades, West Los Angeles for a Level II & III Intensive.  Please see details at the bottom of this page.

For content details of each workshop, click on the drop down menus below.




Level One     


A Spiritual Practice


Level I Details

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek." - Joseph Campbell

Enter The Grave is an intensive, interactive workshop that delves into the essence of being alive and what it means to die.  Students learn tools to liberate them from the fear of dying; ease pain and suffering and become profoundly comfortable with the unknown.

Dive into the mystery. Join us for an unforgettable experience!

“This workshop rocked my world. The exercises were so deep, so profound, I feel changed at a core level. It was not what I expected at all, I see the beauty in death now." - Ginny B

"Unreal. Deep work. Soulfully awakening."  Marifel C.

This workshop is open to anyone and is also Level I of The Art of Death Midwifery certificate training program.

Please click on the 2021 date of your choice to register for our next workshop. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with class details.  Thank you!

SEPTEMBER 10, 11 & 12 - Webinar

OCTOBER 8, 9 & 10 - In Person (restrictions permitting)

Explore your fears and beliefs about death and dying; learn tools to eliminate death anxiety, reduce pain and suffering and radically elevate your joy for life.

Only when one has entered their own grave and experienced their essential nature are they able to provide spiritual guidance and support to loved ones.

Somatic movement, meditations, family constellations, written and group exercises and a death rehearsal gently guide the process in an intimate, safe and nurturing environment.

Topics explored

Giving Birth – Receiving Death

Connecting to source through somatic movement

Examining fears and beliefs

Energy fields and the luminous body

Healing the ancestral wounds

Managing the physiological response to pain

The journey of the soul

Buddhist perspectives on death and dying

The life review

The death rehearsal


Register for our next workshop by clicking on the date below.  Space is limited to 24 students and classes fill quickly.  Early reservations recommended.

SEPTEMBER 10, 11 & 12 - Webinar

This class is offered via webinar

Upon receipt of registration, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with the class details

Times are Pacific Standard Time - PST

Friday 1 PM - 7:30  PM     Saturday 9  AM - 6 PM     Sunday 10 AM  - 6 PM

"This workshop was amazing, beyond, beyond my expectations. I was not expecting to have so much personal healing. I feel I have a completely different understanding of death now."   - MG 

"I cannot recommend this class enough. Whether or not you ever think about doing death work as a calling, this class and this teacher are absolutely amazing for every human to experience. I was transformed and disrupted and given so many gifts in this class."  Wylden

"Enter the Grave was a real Awakening for me, completely altering my daily life. I am living In Awe now!"   - Raven Loneh Stevenson


 Level Two


Preparing for a peaceful transition

There is no pre-requisite for this class 


Level 2 Details


Preparing for a Peaceful Transition

This workshop provides the information and tools necessary for creating a good death and ensuring your end-of-life wishes are fulfilled. Students learn the roles and responsibilities of the death doula - one who offers practical, emotional and spiritual support to the death journeyer and their family throughout the dying process.

'Conscious Dying' is a stand-alone class and also Level II of The Art of Death Midwifery training.  Graduates of this class will receive a Death Doula certificate of completion and be eligible to take the NEDA Proficiency test.

Students seeking certification as a Death Midwife are required to create their personal 'Death File' and to register with a hospice volunteer program and begin to sit bedside with the dying.

Films, discussion and group exercises support the information shared in an intimate, nurturing environment. Please see below for curriculum details:

“I am so appreciative for the spiritual aspect of this training. The attention to ritual and ceremony and helping familiarize attendees with concrete ways to open up deepening conversations with the dying and inviting ourselves to do the same."  - Morgan Dunbar

Topics explored

Understanding your options for end-of-life care in the US

Advance Health Care Directive & POLST

Pain vs. Suffering

The physical process of dying

Spiritual perspectives on the dying process

Physician Aid in Dying - before you decide

Creating the Legacy Project

Ceasing nutrition & hydration

Religious beliefs and practices at the moment of death

Organ donation

Healing relationships/ Saying goodbye /letting go

Being a healing presence - sitting vigil at the death bed

The Living Funeral

“One of the best workshops I have ever taken. Olivia is a consummate professional and inspirational teacher. Loved, loved, loved my experience. Thank you! " – Sharon Ehlers


 Pay in full HERE ($1800) for the 3-Level, 75-hour  training to receive $150 discount.


click on your preferred date to register for the individual Conscious Dying workshop . $650

Upon receipt of registration you will receive an e-mail with assignments and workshop details

APRIL 16, 17 & 18  2021   CLOSED

OCTOBER 15 & 16, 2021  - IN-PERSON (4-day Intensive - Conscious Dying & After the Last Breath)

NOVEMBER 5, 6 & 7 2021   WEBINAR

Space is limited to 20 participants, early rsvp suggested.

Please contact Olivia for details and for payment arrangements

Friday, 1 PM - 7:30 PM.    Saturday 9 AM - 6PM.

Sunday 10AM - 6PM


"This workshop is an amazing practice in honesty, self-inquiry,  love and service. The honoring of death as part of life and a portal to the next realm is examined through discussions, films, meditations, practical and legal information and group process. I wish I had known about this when my husband died, I would have done things very differently."    - Suzanne Stratchen


Level Three


Preparing the body, home funerals and final disposition 

Prerequisite: Level 2 –  ‘Conscious Dying’


Level 3 Details


Preparing the body, Home funerals & Final disposition

Pre-requisite - Level II, Conscious Dying

Sacred Crossings upholds that the dying process doesn't end with the last breath but extends for a period of up to three days.  During this time, the soul, spirit or what is often referred to as the 'luminous body' separates from the physical and transitions to the next phase of it's journey. The family and loved-ones begin to integrate the enormity of what has just occurred into their lives and begin their own transformation process moving forward

This workshop focuses on the role of the death midwife at the time of death and for the days following until burial or cremation. Rev. Olivia shares her 15 years experience as a home funeral guide and founder of the Sacred Crossings Funeral Home with stories, information, demonstrations and powerful images and film clips.

Students learn how to prepare the body after death both in the hospital and home setting; dry-ice preservation; supporting a family throughout the 1 to 3-day vigil and cremation and burial practices.

Instruction includes care and support after sudden death;  rituals in the ICU; bringing baby home after stillbirth; coroner cases; accident and traumatic death.

‘The beauty of the act of caring for the dead is breathtaking – I now understand how sacred this work is, it is truly an honor.’  - Bruna Amaral


Topics explored

Unexpected death - Holding space in the ER

 Legal rights concerning: Coroner /Funeral home / Cemetery / Crematory

Stillbirth/ Infant death - bringing baby home

Sealing the Chakras/Final rites

Benefits of a 3-day home vigil

Bathing, dressing and anointing the body

Dry-ice preservation


Laying the body ‘In Honor’

Decorating the cremation casket

The Jewish Taharah ritual

Cultural and Religious after death traditions

Self-care for caregivers – preventing burnout

Green Burials and alternative cremations

“There is a fulfilling, Beauty Way to do death – these are the steps.” Chelsey Bartels


Pay in Full HERE  ($1800) for the 3-Level, 75-hour Spring 2021 Training to receive $150 discount 

or click on the date below to register for the individual workshop.

Upon receipt of registration, students will receive an e-mail with workshop details.

MAY 14, 15 & 16  2021   WEBINAR 

JUNE 4, 5 & 6  2021    WEBINAR

OCTOBER 17 & 18, 2021 - IN-PERSON (4 day Intensive - Conscious Dying & After the Last Breath)

DECEMBER 3, 4 & 5  2021 - WEBINAR

Space is limited to 20 students to maintain the intimacy of the group.

Early reservations recommended

Friday, 1 PM - 7:00 PM.  Saturday 9 AM - 6PM.   Sunday 10AM - 5PM

Please contact Olivia for questions about accommodations and payment arrangements


"This was more than a learning experience, this was a sacred experience...discovering how to channel the frazzled energy of still-fresh grief into something that matters by caring for the body at home. I appreciated the classy, comfortable, relaxed, nurturing, safe, cocoon-like environment that we are offered to take in this information. Olivia is warm and kind and genuine, and her compassion and dedication are palpable. I liked the movie clips; the sharing; the hands-on practice; the professionalism; the thorough syllabus but most especially Olivia's real life experiences of guiding families  through this sacred passage"   - Laurie C.iardullo




Funeral Celebrant Training   

             This stand-alone certificate program is not included in The Art of Death Midwifery training. This workshop offers instruction in funeral and memorial planning, production and officiant services.


Workshop Details


Creating the Life Celebration 

The Celebration of Life ceremony is the commemoration of one's unique contribution to humanity and the opportunity to leave a legacy.  What will yours be?  how will your life be remembered ?  What are the steps to create a unique, personal and moving service to honor a loved-one? 

Students are encouraged to think outside the box and give full reign to their imagination and creativity during this highly energized workshop where powerful ceremonies are created to honor the dead. 

This workshop is open to anyone and is also the master class for The Art of Death Midwifery training. Graduates receive a certificate for 25 hours training as Funeral Celebrant.

"This was more than a learning experience, this was a sacred experience...discovering how to channel the frazzled energy of still-fresh grief into something that matters...both personally, and on a larger scale."  - Laurie Ciardullo



Topics explored

History and purpose of funerals

The role of the Celebrant

Designing & producing the service

Virtual services: at bedside,  with families in isolation, at the crematory, graveside

Creating sacred space

Writing the eulogy

Channeling the grief

Opening and closing remarks /prayers & poems

Announcements/Obituaries/Video Journals/Programs

Tributes & rituals

Veterans services

Pet Funerals

Graveside service / Sea Burial service

"This workshop is incredibly intense, challenging, deeply moving and so much fun!! Everyone should have this experience so they can be prepared when a loved one dies."  - Kym Chartrand


JUNE 25, 26 & 27  2021


There is no prerequisite for this class.

Students receive a certificate of completion for 25 hour Funeral Celebrant Training

The workshop takes place in the privacy of your own home via ZOOM Conference for 2021.

Details e-mailed to registered participants.

Friday 1 - 7 pm PST        Saturday 9am - 6pm  PST 

Sunday 10am - 6pm  PST

For more information, please write to:


"The mock funerals each of our groups created were so achingly beautiful, meaningful and embodied. The bond with my "family" in just 2 days to create a funeral celebration was incredible - I really felt like I had endured an unimaginable loss, but was uplifted by ceremony and community.  This is an incredible spiritual practice that I highly recommend for everyone".   - Suzanne S -

"This workshop was a very deep and profound experience for me.  The guest speakers, films and detailed information helped us put together amazing funerals in just two days. They were so real, so intense - just as they would be in real life.  I enjoyed Olivia's gentle guidance and encouragement in allowing our creativity to flow outside the box. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who is open and brave enough to explore this incredible topic."   - Thea Nathan -



Tuition for each level is $650.  If you would like to pay in advance for the entire program for a savings of $150, cost is $1800.

We look forward to sharing this sacred journey with you.



Register for the complete program to receive a $150 discount or click on the REGISTER NOW buttons next to the class date for individual classes. 



(all times are Pacific Standard Time)

Friday 1 pm – 7:30 pm,     Saturday 9:00 am – 5 pm,      Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

Pay HERE for the complete program

You will receive a confirmation e-mail with options for the class date of your choice

OR click on REGISTER NOW for individual classes


Level I – Enter the Grave – webinar:     Sept. 10, 11 & 12   REGISTER NOW

Level I – Enter the Grave – in person:    Oct. 8, 9 & 10       REGISTER NOW

Choose either our 4-day In-Person (Los Angeles) Intensive for levels II & III or the 3-day webinars below:


Level II – Conscious Dying – webinar:    Nov. 5, 6 & 7      REGISTER NOW

Level III – After The Last Breath – webinar : Dec. 3, 4 & 5     REGISTER NOW


Pay HERE for the 2021 complete program

For more information, please write to Olivia for details:


“I learned so much more in these workshops than 14 years in the traditional funeral industry. That is just what is was…industry.  This is sacred work.” – Josette Astaria Sheets. 

Our cancellation policy is as follows: 

* Students who pay in full for the entire program ($1800) and wish to cancel, will receive a full refund (less $100 PayPal fees and administration cost) if Sacred Crossings is notified at least 30 days before the start of the 1st workshop.

* Students who pay in full for one workshop will receive a full refund of $650  (less $100  fees and administration cost)  if Sacred Crossings is notified at least 30 days before the start of the workshop.

* If student is unable to attend a workshop due to unavoidable circumstances and advance notice of at least 14 days is given, then student may defer payment to a future workshop of the same value (less $100 fees and administration cost)

 * If student is unable to attend a workshop due to unavoidable circumstances and advance notice of less than 14 days is given, and student is unable to take a future class offered by Sacred Crossings, a refund of 50% of the workshop fee will be returned to student

* If student is unable to give advance notice; does not show for 1st day of class or chooses to leave after the commencement of day one, the workshop fee is nonrefundable. 

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Thank you for your interest in Conscious Dying and Family-directed Funerals. We look forward to sharing this sacred journey with you.

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