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Funeral Assistance FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

No. Your income does not affect your eligibility, although you will be asked to provide your annual gross household income when you apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. FEMA collects this information for demographic purposes only.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance is considered a one-time payment for funeral expenses, and you should apply after you have incurred all expenses. If you incur additional funeral expenses after receiving COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, you will need to submit an appeal and additional supporting documentation (e.g., receipts, funeral home contract, etc.). COVID-19 Funeral Assistance is limited to a maximum of $9,000 per deceased individual.

No. COVID-19 Funeral Assistance is only available to individuals who incurred funeral expenses for a death attributed to COVID-19 on or after January 20, 2020.

Each cost in a funeral service package must be listed separately (i.e., itemized). Documentation must also include:

  • The name of the individual responsible for the cost;
  • The deceased individual's name;
  • The total amount of the funeral expenses; and
  • The date the funeral expenses were incurred.
Last updated October 26, 2021