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  • Karen M. Wyatt

Conscious Dying: Preparing for a Peaceful Transition with Rev. Olivia Bareham

Conscious Dying Symposium

Friday May 15, 2015

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern

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Join Dr. Karen Wyatt in this interview with Rev. Olivia Bareham, Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide, Celebrant and founder of Sacred Crossings. The discussion will focus on conscious dying and why it is so important that we understand the concept and work to achieve it at the end-of-life.

In this interview you will learn:

a practical definition of conscious dying

steps to prepare for a conscious death

how a death midwife can assist a patient and their family in this process

why home vigils and funerals are an important factor in conscious dying

Rev. Olivia Rosemarie Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings is a certified Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide and Celebrant. She holds bachelors degrees in Education and Natural Theology in Sacred Healing and is an ordained Inter-faith Minister and Celebrant.Olivia’s experience as an auxiliary nurse, hospice volunteer and her mother’s end-of-life caregiver, inspired her to investigate a more meaningful and personal alternative to traditional funeral practices.

In an effort to provide a way to facilitate the healing process, Olivia immersed herself in the study of death and dying culminating in certification as a Death Midwife and Home Funeral Guide. She subsequently created Sacred Crossings with the mission of empowering and guiding families to reclaim the lost art and healing ritual of a Home Funeral.Over the past nine years the demand for information about conscious dying, after-death care and home funerals increased and Olivia began teaching classes and workshops on The Art of Dying, After-death Care and Home Funerals.


Olivia is a writer, producer and public speaker. She is an active member of the National Home Funeral Alliance, and Past-President of the board for The Los Angeles Hospice at Anam Cara in Topanga Canyon.



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