The Institute

Welcome to the Sacred Crossings Institute!

You have come to the right place if you are…

– seeking tools to alleviate death anxiety, reduce suffering and prepare for a peaceful transition

– working in the end-of-life-field and seeking death education to help patients

– looking for training as a Death Doula or Death Midwife

– lured by the Mystery and intuit that the study of death and dying will help you on  your spiritual journey

We offer death education classes and intensive certificate trainings for the Death Doula and Death Midwife.
Our classes are open to professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers and anyone wishing to prepare for a conscious, peaceful transition.

Our teachings are deeply rooted in spiritual practices from a variety of cultures and traditions. Workshops are offered in-person and live Zoom webinars with our founder and facilitator, Rev. Olivia Bareham. 

Olivia is a certified Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide, Inter-faith minister and Celebrant. Her lively, interactive workshops are illustrated with stories, photographs and films from over 16 years experience working with families at the end-of-life.


“It’s very important to me to make a personal connection with every student. This is deep, intimate work and small classes ensure that everyone has the opportunity to ask questions and process with other students. Together we create a safe container whether we meet in person or via the zoom format.  Live teaching also keeps me on my toes, learning and growing as I constantly update the material and share stories and lessons learned from families in the field.”

– Rev. Olivia

Please visit our Courses and Trainings page to learn more. We look forward to meeting you and sharing this sacred journey.

“Olivia creates the most sacred of spaces, in which the parts of yourself that are beyond your words, beyond your knowing, and even those parts that perhaps you’ve deemed beyond the reach of love, are able to bubble up to the surface, express themselves, and either be integrated or be released, depending on whether or not they serve your path.”

-Kendell Courtney Klein

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Contact Sacred Crossings

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(800) 805-5561

Los Angeles, CA 90025

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