Sacred Crossings



SACRED CROSSINGS – Institute for Conscious Dying is a Los Angeles based company providing guidance and support to individuals seeking a conscious dying experience and education in death preparedness, home funerals, green burials and a certificate training program in The Art of Death Midwifery.

Olivia Bareham facilitates classes, workshop and talks on the following topics:

* Introduction to Home Funerals

* Conscious Dying – Preparing for a peaceful transition

* Preparing for the Big Departure  – Completing your Advance health care & death care directives

* Your Final Footprint  – Green alternatives to traditional funeral, burial and cremation  practices

* Assisted Suicide, How to Decide?  – In investigation into the physical, emotional and  spiritual implications of making this difficult choice.

* The Art of Death Midwifery  – An intensive certificate training in conscious dying, after-death care and home funerals

* The Life Celebration – The role of the Celebrant and producing the funeral ceremony


SACRED CROSSINGS FUNERAL HOME  is owned and operated by certified death midwives committed to honoring the sacred and skilled in funeral rites, ritual and ceremony. We do not encourage embalming or invasive procedures and use only green, non-toxic materials. Although we offer a full range of cremation and burial services, our signature services are home based after-death care, personalized home funerals and green burials. To learn more about home funerals please visit our FAQ by clicking HERE 

SACRED CROSSING GUIDES are certified Funeral Celebrants and trained in The Art of Death Midwifery Our guides support  individuals toward a conscious, peaceful transition. Empower families to care for their deceased loved-one in their own way and at their own pace. Educate family members and friends in care and preservation of the body for a vigil and funeral at home. Guide families in purchasing and/or decorating a casket; completing all legal paperwork and producing the end-of-life celebration.

“The time has come to return death to its rightful place in the circle of life. When we know we are going to die we don’t need life support, we need death support. When our loved one has taken his last breath we don’t need to fearfully cast his body into the hands of strangers, we need to come together as a community, to honor him in a final act of love. And when we need a little more time to accept and process the enormity of death, we must give ourselves as long as we need. Not a few minutes in a sterile environment with a body made to look like waxwork, but hours, if not days, to truly witness and integrate the phenomena before us and ask ourselves, ‘who am I now?'”  

Rev. Olivia Bareham