Cari Leversee



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NHFA Member
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(530) 414-0253

Personal information

Your Name
Cari Leversee
Job title
Funeral Director

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P.O. Box 249
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We would like to get to know you as a member. Please answer the following questions:

Please describe your experience or interest in the field of death and dying.
Have been doing this work for 6 years. Formalized my credentials to FDR due to institutional resistance 3 years ago. Worked / apprenticed alongside another FDR for a year to gain a lot of experience. Have been doing it alone for a year. Considering formalizing my business with a community of home funeral guides.
Your story: What brought you to your interest in home funerals and your desire to be part of NHFA?
My father died in 2004. I was instinctively drawn to bathe him, dress him and anoint him. His wife, my brother and the hospice nurse all thought my actions were strange. I began to research attitudes towards death in my western culture since I was brought up to be afraid. I had listened to my heart and was hearing traditions from my ancestors. A class with Jerrigrace Lyons told me there was a whole community that thought differently. I went on to take classes from Nancy Jewel Poer, Char Barret, NHFA and more. I haven't looked back since.
Please describe home funeral trainings or workshops you've attended (where, when, with whom).
As mentioned earlier, I have taken a 4 day training with Jerrigrace, a 2 day training and a 1 day training with Nancy Jewel Poer, a 1 day training with Char Barret, a 1 day training with Beth Knox at a NHFA conference and a partial day training at another NHFA conference with Donna Belk and Heather Massey. After all the conceptual learning I found a home funeral director in California and volunteered to apprentice with him for a year and it was there that I got lots of hands on experience.
What is your occupation?
Funeral director specializing in home and family-directed funerals.
Your Industry
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What would you like to see the NHFA offer in the future? What expertise are you willing to share?
CA State licensure in the funeral industry.
How did you hear about the NHFA?
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