Olivia Bareham – Secretary

Rev. Olivia Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings, is a teacher and 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 www.sacredcrossings.com 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 and is a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance http://www.homefuneralalliance.org