Sacred Crossings



SACRED CROSSINGS – The Institute for Conscious Dying and Family-Directed Funerals is a Los Angeles based company providing education and guidance to individuals seeking a conscious dying experience and support to families wishing to hold a vigil and funeral at home.


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

* Introduction to Home Funerals

* Conscious Dying – Preparing for a peaceful transition

* Putting your things in Order  – 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.

* Inter-faith Death Rituals –  Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions for after-death care    of the body

* The Art of Death Midwifery  – An intensive study course in conscious dying and after-death care and preservation of the body.

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


SACRED CROSSING GUIDES are certified in The Art of Death Midwifery and Home Funeral Guidance.  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 Sacred Crossings Funeral Home will be open in August 2015 offering both traditional and home funeral services, burials and cremations.  Please stay tuned for details.


“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