Here’s a little about myself – you can read more in my 1st post, ‘Why I Became a Death Midwife.’
My name is Rev. Olivia Bareham and I am a certified Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide, Celebrant and founder of Sacred Crossings – The Institute for Conscious Dying and Family Directed Funerals. I hold bachelor degrees in Education from the University of London and Natural Theology and Sacred Healing from the Healing Light Center Seminary and am an ordained Inter-faith Minister of Healing.
I spent countless hours at the bedside as a nurse’s aide, hands-on-healer, hospice volunteer and my mother’s end-of-life caregiver and noticed that around the time of death and for a few days following, there is a window of opportunity for profound healing. I also noticed that when the body is taken away by the funeral director this window is often silently, and permanently closed. Families can be left feeling helpless, confused and wishing they had a little more time.
I wanted to find a way to keep this window open and allow families to experience death as a healer and the most loving thing there is. So I immersed myself in the study of death, dying and the funeral industry. I became certified as a Home Funeral Guide and subsequently created Sacred Crossings with the mission of empowering families to ‘Reclaim the lost art and healing ritual of a Home Funeral’.
For the past twelve years I have been guiding individuals toward a conscious dying experience and supporting families in home-based after-death care and home funerals. In 2017 I co-founded the Sacred Crossings Funeral Home which is owned and operated by death midwives trained in the art of conscious dying. We offer a complete range of traditional funeral services, cremations and burials in the Los Angeles area, but our Home and Family-Directed Funerals are our signature service.
Sacred Crossings offers classes and workshops in Death Midwifery and Home Funerals; Conscious Dying, Green Burials and Alternative Cremations and Advance Planning and publishes The Advance Death Care Directive, a booklet allowing you to write your wishes for after-death care of your body, your funeral and final disposition. The booklet is available online at Advance Death Care Directive.com
For more information on home funerals, classes and the services provided by Sacred Crossings, please visit SacredCrossings.com or write to me at Olivia@sacredcrossings.com to join our mailing list. Thank you!
“Death is life’s greatest teacher – it is time for us take this skeleton out of the closet once and for all, to lay her gently on the table and allow her wisdom to gently penetrate the depths of our psyche till we are free from fear, free from attachment, free from conditioning, free to truly live.”
Rev. Olivia Bareham