About Us

Because everyone deserves a loving end-of-life experience

Founded by William Peters in 2011, the Shared Crossing Project is a local organization with a global vision - to help create a world where death is honored and where the mysteries surrounding life, death, and possibilities of an afterlife can be openly discussed and explored.

Our Mission 

The Shared Crossing Project’s mission is to positively transform relationships to death and dying through education and raising awareness about shared crossings and their healing benefits. We aim to bring people together in community to support open exploration and discussion of this important topic in a safe place. 

Our History 

A series of personal experiences and  stories from his bereaved  psychotherapy patients led William to launch the Shared Crossing Project with the aim to provide a different, heart-felt way to look at end of life.

In 2011, William hosted an eight-week pilot workshop titled “Life Beyond Death?” at the Family Therapy Institute in Santa Barbara. People flocked to his groups to learn and share their stories, their anxiety, and fear around death and dying, and their desire to have something more/different. These people found a safe haven with like-minded souls and William found his life-calling. 

During the workshop’s run, members expressed enthusiasm and gratitude for the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about their own fears and experiences around death.  Even before the workshop ended, William received requests that he offer a series of additional courses. Over the next few years, William led a number of workshops with a total enrollment of nearly 200 participants.  These workshops evolved to include meditations, the sharing of personal stories, and various experiential exercises, all of which served to assist participants in deepening their understanding and relationship to death, dying, and the beyond. 

During this time William was also developing the Shared Crossing Protocols to enable people to have shared death experiences. He began practicing and teaching these to both individuals and families. The benefits of these Protocols were immediate. People reported deepening their relationships with loved ones, gaining a better understanding of meaningful experiences available during the dying process, and reawakening personal commitments to live more fully in the here and now.   

The Shared Crossing Project Team 

William Peters, M.A., M.Ed., MFT 

Founder & Executive Director of Shared Crossing Project 

Director of Shared Crossing Research Initiative

William Peters, a licensed psychotherapist, is the founder of the Shared Crossing Project. William has developed a series of leading-edge programs that introduce audiences to a broad assortment of experientially based curricula and practices. These programs focus on preparation for a conscious, connecting, and loving end-of-life experience, and they invite exploration of the topic of life after death.

Monica Williams, MD

Medical Director 

Monica Williams is a board-certified emergency physician who is on staff at one of the largest emergency departments in the nation, Huntsville Hospital, where she is also the Medical Director for Advanced Care Planning and End of Life Education Programs. She has served on the Board of Directors for two not-for-profit hospices and is a past appointee to the American College of Emergency Physicians End of Life Taskforce.  
Dr. Williams is faculty for the UAB's School of Medicine where she lectures on ethics and end-of-life decision-making. 

Michael Kinsella, Ph.D.

Chief of Research

Michael Kinsella is an anthropologist, folklorist, and scholar of religion specializing in exceptional experiences and contemporary spirituality. His research interests include the therapeutic potential of shared crossings.  Dr. Kinsella is faculty for Central Michigan University where he teaches courses on death and dying; he also works as a hospice volunteer at Serenity House. Dr. Kinsella has given talks at conferences held by the American Anthropological Association, the American Folklore Society, the American Academy of Religion, 

Michelle Johnston

Director of Community Engagement  

Senior Staff Researcher

Michelle Johnston is an environmental scientist with a lengthy career in sustainability. She has brought her passion for the planet to many sectors including not-for-profits, small business, and government organizations. After the loss of two of her children, Michelle’s focus shifted to helping others dealing with the death of a loved one and their journey through grief. Now a certified grief counselor, Michelle brings a unique perspective to the Shared Crossing Project through her professional background, and an experiencer’s view to our team through her own shared crossing experiences.

Kelly Rose Almeida

Director of Operations

 Kelly Rose Almeida brings 10 years of experience in care management, strategic marketing, non-profit organization, and event coordination to the Shared Crossing Project.

Her unique background in creative problem solving and her passion for the Shared Crossing Project has allowed her to help bring awareness to our mission by using multi-faceted integrated marketing and communications strategies. 

Noël Christensen

Staff Researcher

Noël Christensen supports individuals and families in creating a compassionate and quality end of life.  She is an End-of-Life Doula, working as a non-medical professional providing holistic support for the dying and their loved ones. Additionally, she works as a hospice volunteer at VNA Health of Santa Barbara.  Noël previously worked as a healing arts professional, promoting healing and wellness through Resistance Flexibility and massage therapy.