Death Midwifery & Community Education

Our Mission

 A Sacred Passing offers death and dying education, planning, and practical care guidance to individuals, community associations, and medical organizations. 

Together we work as supportive companions to guide and assist people towards a more conscious dying experience, while honoring individual autonomy. 

Core Values

A Sacred Passing Crew works to create and sustain anti-racist environments and gender inclusivity in our classrooms, education material, and community partnerships.  We work to actively dismantle systems of power and oppression, as they present in death and dying, through deep implementation of differentiated culturally responsive practices and forever learning.  


Ashley Benem


is an LMT, Death Midwife, and leader in the death and dying community. Ashley founded  A Sacred Passing in 2007. She has trained hundreds of Death Doulas in ASPs Level 1 and 2 courses, in Washington and Oregon. Ashley a pioneer in the cultivation our Scope of Practice as Death Doulas, and in elevating the level of and access to death and dying education.