Funeral Assistance

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance:
If the death was caused by COVID-19 and occurred after January 20, 2020, you may qualify for up to $9,000 reimbursement for funeral expenses. You need to provide a copy of the death certificate, proof of funeral expenses, and proof of your identity and citizenship. You can apply by calling 844-684-6333 between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.
State or Local Assistance:
Some states, counties, or municipalities have programs to help those who cannot afford a funeral or burial. The levels and requirements of assistance vary by location. You can contact your local social services agency or health department to find out what is available in your area.
Nonprofit Organizations:
There are some nonprofit organizations that offer financial aid or other support for funeral expenses, especially for children, veterans, or specific groups of people. For example, Final Farewell and The TEARS Foundation help families who have lost a child, and the VA provides burial benefits for eligible veterans and their dependents. You can search online for nonprofits that serve your community or situation.

Additional Information

What is the average cost of a funeral?
According to the latest data from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the average cost of a funeral and burial is $7,848. If you get a vault — required by many cemeteries — that number rises to $9,420. The average cost of a funeral and cremation is a little lower: $6,971.
How long does it take to receive FEMA assistance?
According to FEMA, once they receive all required documents, it takes approximately 45 days to make an eligibility decision for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. If your application is approved by FEMA, the funds will be deposited to your bank account or it will be sent to you by mail.
Are there any alternatives to traditional funerals?
Yes, there are many alternatives to traditional funerals. Some of the most popular alternatives include cremation and green burials. Cremation is a good option for families with loved ones in various areas across the country. Unlike traditional burial, cremation does not require the family to take immediate steps to embalm, clean, dress, and bury the body. Cremation is a good option for families with loved ones in various areas across the country. Another option is a Green Burial, which is becoming popular as people become more aware of the environmental impact of a traditional funeral. A green burial is a form of burial that doesn’t involve chemicals or concrete, and allows the body to decompose naturally. The body is not cremated or embalmed, and is placed in a biodegradable container or shroud.