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Completing Advance Directives – Sunday June 30, 2 -6 pm in West Los Angeles

Learn the steps to take to prepare for a ‘good death’ and make informed choices for your green and conscious final disposition.

Relieve your loved-ones from making critical health-care and death-care decisions for you. Complete your directives today!  All documents are provided and completed, signed and witnessed in the class.

“Olivia is a consummate professional with over 15 years of experience in this field. Her knowledge and sensitivity to the subject matter is incredible. I got all of my questions answered, and came away with my Death File complete – a huge relief!  I highly recommend this workshop.”  – Helga Rose

Topics discussed:

* Choosing a Healthcare advocate

* Making informed decisions about artificial nutrition, artificial hydration, organ and body donations.

* The DNR, POLST and Dementia Provision forms – how and when to complete them

* Completing your Advance Directive for Health Care

* Choosing a Death-care advocate

* Knowing your options for after-death care – home funerals, the legalities and logistics/understanding the funeral industry

* What happens if…I die unexpectedly? In the ICU?  At Home? Abroad?

*  Final Disposition:  home funerals / direct cremation / burial / green burial /sea burial.

* Completing your Advance Directive for Death Care

* Create your Death File – what documents to include

$95  – includes all documents 

Click HERE to register. 

Address in West LA will be sent to registered participants

Film clips, stories and slides help illustrate  the many choices available to you so that you can make informed decisions and let your family know your wishes.

Price includes all documents including the Calif. Advance Health Care Directive, POLST, Dementia Provision and the Sacred Crossings Advance Death Care Directive.

Class size is limited to ensure the intimacy of the group and to enable all participants to complete the directives and have them witnessed and signed.

Workshops are offered regularly in Los Angeles, or you may invite Olivia to your home for a private session with friends and loved-ones.

Please write to: for details and to book your workshop today!

‘When the time comes to die, make sure all you have to do is die.” Walt Whitman

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The Art of Death Midwifery Certificate Training Program 2018 – Feb 16-18 and beyond, Los Angeles

Death Midwifery combines the role of death doula, spiritual counsellor, home funeral guide and celebrant providing support to the death journeyer and their family from terminal diagnosis to final disposition.
‘The Art of Death Midwifery’ is a comprehensive three-level certificate program for professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers, and those wishing to deepen their knowledge of the dying process.

Level I
ENTER THE GRAVE: A journey into dying
February 16, 17 & 18, 2018

Level II
CONSCIOUS DYING: Preparing for a Peaceful Transition
(Pre requisite Level I)
April 13, 14 & 15, 2018

Level III
AFTER DEATH CARE: The 3-day Vigil, Home Funerals & Green Burials
(Pre requisite Level I & II)
June 8, 9 & 10, 2018
“This training far surpassed my expectations – it is deeply spiritual and the material is masterfully organized and presented. I feel prepared and peaceful about my own death now and ready to help guide others.  Incredible value! ”  – S.Kastelar
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Conscious Dying:Preparing for a peaceful transition – Mar. 10-12, 2017 in Pacific Palisades

March 10, 11 & 12
Pacific Palisades, CA
Fri. 3pm – 9,   Sat. 9 – 6,    Sun. 10 – 6
Conscious Dying is an intensive, interactive workshop providing information and tools to
create a meaningful death free from suffering.
This workshop is open to professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers and all those wishing to prepare for a conscious, peaceful transition.
Films, discussion and group exercises support the information shared in an intimate and nurturing environment. Advance health care directives and other legal documents are completed, signed and witnessed in the class.
Conscious Dying is Level II of The Art of Death Midwifery certificate program and the pre-requisite for Level III, After Death Care. Early registration is recommended.
“This workshop was such an education in my ongoing exploration of death, much more than I expected. I really enjoyed the balance of practical and spiritual information.”   B. Rinehart

Topics explored:
  • Understanding your options for end-of-life care
  • Avoiding the ER – Life support vs Death Support
  • Completing advance directives for health care
  • The physical process of dying
  • Ceasing nutrition and hydration
  • Pain vs suffering
  • Physician Assisted Death – before you decide
  • Spiritual perspectives on the dying process
  • Organ donation 
  • Healing relationships / saying goodbye /letting go
  • The living funeral
  • Creating your Death File
“Olivia personifies the sense of sacred through and through. Her content touches the heart and her information hits the spot of what we need to know personally, legally and professionally in this business. Highly recommended.”  – S. Whizin

Space is limited to 15 students to maintain the intimacy of the group
This class fills quickly, early reservations recommended
Early bird $50 discount if confirmed by February 1st
CONSCIOUS DYING is held in a private home in Pacific Palisades, CA. 
For more information and for payment options please e-mail Olivia 
to reserve your place with non-refundable deposit.

“This workshop was practically informative as well as deeply spiritual. Olivia’s reverence and passion for this work is profound. She is a pioneering light-being in the realm of conscious dying. ”  – S. Rhedmon

This class is open to anyone and is also Level II of  The Art of Death Midwifery program an in-depth training for professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers and those seeking to prepare for a conscious, peaceful transition. Please check the website for the 2017 class schedule and contact Olivia if you are interested in enrolling in the program.
Workshop Facilitator
Rev. Olivia Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings is an Inter-faith Minister with a BA in Natural Theology and Sacred Healing. She is a certified Death Midwife, Celebrant and Home Funeral Guide currently assisting individuals seeking a conscious dying experience and guiding their families in home-based after death care. Olivia is also a hospice volunteer, author and public speaker, a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance: and Advisory Board member of Anam Cara Compassionate Care Center

Home Funerals & Green Burials workshop, Silver Lake, CA, Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 2 to 5pm

When a loved-one is nearing transition, navigating the choices offered by the funeral industry can be both confusing and expensive. This informative workshop illustrates today’s options for green and natural after-death care, home funerals and final disposition.
Lively, informative afternoon facilitated by Death Midwife and founder of Sacred Crossings Rev.Olivia Bareham.  Films, discussions and refreshments.
Held at a private home in Silver LakeSpace is limited. Address will be given to registered participants $20 donation

RSVP to:


Silver Lake,  CA 
SUNDAY MARCH 8,   2 – 5 pm

“I feel blessed to have been given so much vital information – the films and slides and handouts were invaluable!  I wish I had known these things when people in my life have died, I would have done things very differently.”  – Jackie Cole –

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Your Final Footprint: Home Burials and Green Funerals, Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:30pm at LA Eco-Village

What:       Your Final Footprint: An introduction to Environmentally-conscious after-death care,
funeral and 
disposition  with Olivia Bareham

Where:     L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Pl, Los Angeles 90004 (directions)

When:      Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm


You recycle, you try not to use toxic products and you pay attention to how your lifestyle|
affects the environment. When you die you want to be assured that your final footprint is
in alignment with the integrity in which you lived your life. But is this possible?  Please join
us for a lively, informative evening!

Topics covered will include:
  • Traditional funeral industry practices
  • Legalities and logistics for home-based, natural after-death care
  • Embalming vs dry-ice
  • Benefits of a family-directed home wake & funeral
  • The case for “Green” burials
  • High-Tech disposition alternatives
  • Films & slide shows demonstrating the sacred beauty of home funerals and green burials
  • Q & A

     Refreshments will be served.

About Olivia:
Rev. Olivia Bareham is an ordained Minister of Healing. She holds bachelors degrees in Education and Natural Theology in Sacred Healing and is a certified Death Midwife. Olivia’s experience in the fields of auxiliary nursing, elder care and hospice volunteering inspired her to investigate a more meaningful and personal alternative to traditional funeral practices.

“At the event of death and for a few days following, there is a window of opportunity for great healing to occur. I noticed that when the funeral director stepped in to take over the closing ceremonies, very often this window silently, and permanently, closed. Families were left feeling empty and helpless, often with a feeling of incompleteness.”

In an effort to provide a way to keep this window open and facilitate the healing process, Olivia completed a course in Death Midwifery, resulting in certification as a Home Funeral Guide. She subsequently created Sacred Crossings with the mission of inspiring, educating and empowering families to reclaim the lost art and healing ritual of a Home Funeral.

Olivia is a writer, producer and public speaker – she serves on the Board of the National Home Funeral Alliance ( and Los Angeles Hospice at Anam Cara.  ( For more info on Olivia and her organization, Sacred Crossings, here:

Fee for this event:  $5 to $10 sliding scale

Reservations please: or 213/738-1254


More info on this topic below.


View our slide show of Home Funerals here…

Home Funerals by Sacred Crossings
Home Funerals by Sacred Crossings
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future events and workshops on this and related topics, please write to:
To learn more about upcoming Death Midwifery workshops and classes, please contact Olivia at: 310-968-2763Thank you for forwarding this e-mail to friends and relatives who may be interested.

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