As a result of recent federal relief legislation, FEMA is providing Funeral Assistance up to $9,000 in funeral assistance to qualified families who have incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
FEMA Funeral Assistance covers expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation. Eligible services include a wide range of funeral-related services, such as transportation of up to two people for identification; transfer of remains; casket or urn; burial plot or cremation niche; marker or headstone; clergy or officiant services; arrangement of the funeral ceremony; use of funeral home equipment or staff; interment; costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates; and additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances.
In order to apply for this relief, you will need three types of documentation:
- An official death certificate attributing the death, directly or indirectly, to COVID-19. A death certificate stating the death “may have been caused by” or was “likely the result of” COVID-19 is sufficient, and death certificates not specifying this information may be amended, if qualified.
- Proof of funeral expenses. We are happy to assist you by providing copies of this information from our funeral home.
- If your family received funds specifically for funeral costs, these must be disclosed and will offset the FEMA benefit.
For more information and/or to determine if your family qualifies for Funeral Assistance from FEMA, you can visit FEMA’s site on the Internet at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq
Please do not hesitate to reach out to our funeral home for help navigating this program.