Funeral Assistance FAQ

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The COVID-19 incident period ended on May 11, 2023. FEMA will continue to provide funeral assistance until Sept. 30, 2025, to those who have lost loved ones due to this pandemic.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

During the first 365 days after you apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, FEMA sends a series of reminders asking you to submit any outstanding required information and documentation. If you do not submit the information and documentation within 365 days, you will be notified your application was placed in a suspended status. When your application is suspended, FEMA will not send additional reminders or continue to follow-up on your application. If you no longer wish to be considered for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, no further action is needed. If you do want FEMA to finish processing your application, you can submit the required information and documentation, and FEMA will reopen your application for additional processing. You will not need to submit an appeal.

No. Pre-paid funerals and funerals that have been paid by the deceased individual’s estate are not eligible for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.

Last updated May 15, 2023