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COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Available From FEMA

Updated: Mar 31

By Melissa Feldman


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many. If you incurred funeral expenses on or after January 20, 2020 for an individual whose death may have been caused by, or was likely the result of, COVID-19, you may be eligible for up to $9,000 per deceased individual in reimbursement from FEMA.


Examples of eligible expenses may include:
  • Transfer of remains

  • Burial plot or cremation niche

  • Casket or urn

  • Marker or headstone

  • Clergy or officiant services

  • Use of funeral home equipment or staff

  • Cremation or interment costs


To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance from FEMA, you must meet these conditions:
  • The death occurred in the United States

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien

  • The death certificate must attribute the death to COVID-19


If the death occurred between January 20, 2020 and May 16, 2020, and the death certificate doesn’t attribute the death to COVID-19, you may submit a signed statement from the medical official who certified the death certificate, or the local coroner or medical examiner, linking the cause of death to COVID-19.


To apply for funeral assistance, you must call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 844-684-6333 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Make sure you have the following information available:
  • Your name, social security number, date of birth, mailing address and contact phone numbers

  • Name, social security number and date of birth for each deceased individual

  • Location or address where the individual died

  • Documentation and receipts for funeral assistance received from other sources, including burial or funeral insurance, donations, other government programs or non-profit organizations

  • Name and information of up to one co-applicant, if anyone besides you incurred funeral expenses for the deceased individual


When you call the FEMA helpline, it will take about 20 minutes to apply. Once you receive your FEMA application number, you may submit required documentation online or by mail. If you are approved, you will receive funds by direct deposit or a check by mail, depending on which option you chose when you applied.


Sources:

https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq




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