FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program
The U.S. Government recently announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will introduce a program to reimburse families for COVID-19 funeral expenses incurred beginning January 20, 2020. This represents an opportunity for you to reach out to families you have served, to make them aware of the program and assist them with the application process.
It also provides an opportunity to check in with families who may not have been able to complete their funeral, memorial service, or memorialization selections for their loved one at the time of death, but may now be better prepared to do so thanks to the availability of this program. For families currently planning a funeral for a loved one lost to COVID-19, please consider making them aware of this program as you help them plan their service and make their selections.
What is Happening
On April 12, FEMA will begin accepting applications for reimbursement for qualified COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred beginning January 20, 2020. Families are eligible for up to $9,000 reimbursement for qualified expenses. FEMA will only accept applications via a toll-free phone number published on its website. Only individuals who incurred the funeral or cemetery expenses are eligible to apply.