FEMA Assisting Bereaved With COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 06:01:22 EDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has started to offer it's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program.

Any family who paid funeral expenses for a loved one whose cause of death was determined to be “COVID related” could be eligible to apply for a reimbursement, as long as the expenses were incurred after January 20th, 2020.

Chad Esch of Bannan Funeral Home in Alpena says his company offers assistance to fill out forms which will be accepted by FEMA starting Monday (April 12th). Common questions may be those of eligibility, eligible expenses, documentation required, and other factors affecting potential claimants.

Families can submit multiple applications if there was more than one COVID-19 related death, assistance is limited to $9,000 per funeral, and a maximum of $35,000 per application.

If families were unable to have a full service because of COVID restrictions at the time of their loved one’s death, they can plan that service now and still request reimbursement.

For more information on the program, you can check out this story on our news page at WATZ dot com.


To learn more about FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program and application process:

- Call FEMA directly at 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585).
- Bannan Funeral Home at 989-354-8411.
- On line information - www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance


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