DEATH MIDWIFERY Training Program Spring / Summer 2014


Training Program

Spring / Summer 2014

“A Sacred Crossings Death Midwife is one who shepherds individuals toward a conscious dying experience; guides loved ones in after-death care of the body and empowers families to reclaim the healing ritual of a vigil and funeral at home.”

This 3-part Death Midwifery certificate training is for individuals wishing to prepare for a peaceful, natural transition and for professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers


Los Angeles


Preparing for a Conscious Transition

 April 11, 12 & 13


After Death Care & Preservation of the Body

May 30, 31 & June 1


Producing the Funeral Celebration

July 11, 12 & 13
Workshops are $350 each.  $100 deposit is required to reserve your place.
A training will also be offered in the fall of 2014.  Please write to Olivia for dates and registration details.
Thank you!

Classes are held in a beautiful private home in

Pacific Palisades, West Los Angeles


Out of town participants are encouraged to use local, affordable bed & breakfasts
via   Please use zip codes 90025 or 90272 when making your reservation.
Transportation to and from the class location can be arranged.
$350 per class



Space is limited to 12 students

$100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your place.
 Classes fill quickly, to rsvp with your deposit for
Part I – April 11, 12 & 13
please click

($50 discount if payment for all classes made by March 1st. Please contact Olivia for details)

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Course Details

PART I – ‘Preparing for a Conscious Transition’

(prerequisite ‘Entering the Grave’ – a series of preparatory written exercises and meditations. Details will be given to registered students)


* Preplanning: Advance Health Care & Death Care Directives

* Making informed choices – Life support /Death support

* Options for after-death care, funerals & disposition

* The luminous body

* Releasing attachments / healing relationships

* The physical & emotional stages of dying

* Choosing a natural death – ceasing nutrition & hydration

* Sitting vigil, relaxation techniques for the dying

* Religious rituals at the time of death

* Music and sacred singing at the death bed

* Legal and personal rights concerning home funerals

To make a reservation for this class, please click

PART II – After Death Care & Preservation of the Body

Prerequisite – Part I – Preparing for a Conscious Transition 


* Rituals for attending to the soul after death

* The luminous body – Sealing the chakras

* The death midwife kit

* Bathing, Dressing & Anointing the body

* Preparing the space for Laying the body ‘In Honor’

* Preservation techniques – Dry-ice vs. Embalming

* Hands-on practice of moving and carrying a body

* The 3-day vigil

* Completing and filing all legal documents

* Assembling and Decorating a Cremation Casket

* Shrouding

PART III – Producing the Funeral Celebration

Prerequisite – Parts I and II


* Inter-faith and alternative funeral services

* The healing power of ritual at a funeral

* The role of the celebrant

* Ceremony components – music/prayers/tributes

* Writing and delivering the eulogy

* Creating and holding space at a funeral

* Announcements/Obituaries/Video Journals

* Cremation & burial practices around the world

* Alternative dispositions

* Participants produce a complete funeral in 2 days

Click the button below to make your reservation for
Part I – ‘Preparing for a Conscious Transition’
Los Angeles,  April 11, 12 & 13.

Details for reserving Parts II & III will be given to confirmed students.

Thank you!


“This training renewed and reaffirmed a profound sense of spiritual connection for me. Olivia brings her experience, deep intuition, stories and wisdom to bear on matters that touch all of us. I feel liberated to learn of alternatives to the limitations of traditional burials, and I look forward to sharing these options with my clients.”   
Rabbi Malka Mittelman, Spiritual Care Counselor, Skirball Hospice

“The training opened my eyes to the tender complexity of all involved in caring for the dying with dignity and love. This work is blessed and important for families who wish to consciously honor their loved ones.” 
SaRina Daly Goode
“Olivia’s gentle, knowledgeable, firm and kind ways hold the space exquisitely. She has an amazing capacity to take care of details while holding the big picture, she is flexible to the moment while following the schedule of what needs to be completed. Olivia is beautiful inside and out.”
Daphneleah Schneider, Minister
 “Being in the “end of life” field is an honor, and Olivia personifies that sense of the sacred through and  through.  Her content touches the heart and her information hits the spot of what we need to know legally  and professionally in this business. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone interested in honoring anyone’s end of life experience and beyond.
Shelley S. Whizin, Whole Life Coach & Beyond

Death Midwife Students of 2013

   Workshop Facilitator 


Olivia Headshot

Conscious Dying workshops are currently being planned for Ashland Oregon (May 2014) and Phoenix Arizona (Fall 2014) Please stay tuned for updates. If you have questions or would like to be added to the mailing list for future events and workshops, please write to Olivia. Thank you for forwarding this e-mail to anyone interested in furthering their exploration into Conscious Dying.

Have a Blessed and Beautiful day. With love, Rev. Olivia Rose BarehamDeath Midwife & Home Funeral Guide310-968-2763 For more information, please visit the website at:

Rev. Olivia Rose Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings is an Inter-faith Minister with a BA in Natural Theology and Sacred Healing. She is a certified Death Midwife, Celebrant and Home Funeral Guide.
Olivia is currently assisting families in Los Angeles who wish to honor their loved one with a home funeral. She is also a hospice volunteer, author and public speaker and is a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance:
and Board member of the Los Angeles Hospice at Anam Cara
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