About Olivia


Olivia Bareham BioHello!  Thank you for stopping by to read my blog. I hope you enjoy the stories and information. Perhaps they may bring comfort as you prepare for your own departure after a long and happy life.  🙂

Here’s a little about myself – you can read more in my 1st post, ‘Why I Became a Death Midwife.’


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 from the Healing Light Center Seminary and am an ordained Inter-faith Minister of Healing.

As a nurse’s aide, hands-on-healer, hospice volunteer and my mother’s end-of-life caregiver I have spent countless hours at the bedside. I 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 so I immersed myself in the study of death, dying and the funeral industry. I graduated from the Home Funeral Guide program with Final Passages and subsequently created Sacred Crossings with the mission of empowering families to ‘Reclaim the lost art and healing ritual of a Home Funeral’.

I now spend my days assisting individuals toward a conscious dying experience and guiding families in after-death care and preservation of their loved-one’s body. I teach classes and workshops in Death Midwifery, Home Funeral Guidance and How to Leave a Green Final Footprint and am co-producing a documentary about the art of death midwifery.

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