The Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging those who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19 to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. Many people lost money during the pandemic, and funerals are an additional financial strain that many had to suffer. This program can help to alleviate the financial toll that paying for these funerals took.
To be eligible, the funeral of your loved one must have taken place after January 20, 2020 in the United States or in one of the U.S. territories. The death certificate must state that the death was a direct result of COVID-19, and the person applying for the program must be a citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
It would also be wise to gather documents that show proof of the funeral expenses and any funds given to you from other parties to assist with the funeral in addition to the death certificate. This offer is not limited to only one funeral, so if you had to pay for more than one COVID-related funeral, you may apply for all of them. The maximum amount you can receive for one funeral is $9,000, and if you are applying for multiple funerals, the maximum is $35,500. If you feel that you qualify for this financial assistance, you may apply by calling 844-684-6333 or 800-462-7585 Monday through Friday between 8:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. If you have further questions, please visit fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.