The role of the death midwife from the final breath through the 3-day home vigil, funeral and final disposition.

Sacred Crossings upholds that the dying process doesn't end with the last breath, but extends for a period of up to three days. 

During this time, the soul, spirit or what is often referred to as the 'luminous body' separates from the physical and transitions to the next phase of its journey. A home vigil offers loved-ones the chance to integrate the loss into their lives and begin their own transformation process moving forward.

This 3-day workshop offers instruction in final rites at the time of death and the legalities and logistics of holding a vigil and funeral at home.

Rev. Olivia, founder of the Sacred Crossings Institute and Funeral Home, shares over 16 years of experience as a home funeral guide with stories, information, demonstrations and powerful images and film clips.

Instruction includes preparation and preservation of the body, shrouding, ICU death-bed rituals, bringing the baby home after stillbirth, coroner cases; accident and traumatic death.

“After the Last Breath went way beyond my expectations. Olivia draws on a wealth of wisdom and experience to provide hands-on demonstrations, centering meditations, nuts and bolts of burial options and death care protocols, ethics, and an overall welcoming enriching discussion space. I am so grateful for the entire experience!” - Fran Grace

Topics Explored

Unexpected death: holding space in the ER

After-death rites and rituals, and sealing the chakras

Benefits, legalities and logistics of the home vigil and funeral

Preparation of the body (bathing, dressing, anointing)

Laying the body in honor

Stillbirth/infant death: bringing the baby home

The death midwife kit


Options for final disposition

After-death traditions

Completing the Death Care Directive

Self-care for caregivers: preventing burnout

"The beauty of the act of caring for the dead is breathtaking – I now understand how sacred this work is, it is truly an honor." - Bruna Amaral

Schedules are in Pacific Standard Time – PST


Friday 1:00 PM – 7:30 PM PST

Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM  PST  

Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM PST

In-Person Levels III and IV Intensives

Thursday - Sunday

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

“This workshop not only met my expectations but it went far beyond into the depths of my soul. Olivia has a beautiful way of weaving the practical with deep spiritual wisdom amongst her teaching.“ - Alexi Hedlund