Reclaiming the lost art and healing ritual of a home funeral
Who We Are
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
“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.