FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Congress authorized FEMA to provide financial assistance to individuals who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. On March 24, FEMA has issued its final policy – which includes details such as eligibility and documentation criteria and the application process – for how funds will be distributed to families. Most notably, FEMA shared that the maximum financial assistance will now be $9,000 per funeral.Families will be able to begin applying for assistance on April 12, 2021
Individuals will be able to begin applying for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance on April 12. The FEMA Funeral Assistance website has been updated with phone numbers that families can call to begin the application process.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
844-684-6333 ● TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT
Families should begin deciding who the applicant and any co-applicants will be and gather the documents they need to be reimbursed for expenses.
Specifically, the applicant must provide the following documents:Eligible funeral expenses include but are not limited to:
If applicants already received reimbursement for certain funeral expenses through government agencies, voluntary agencies, non-profits, burial or funeral insurance, they cannot resubmit those same expenses for reimbursement through this FEMA-administered program. If they received any outside assistance, they must include documentation of this assistance in their application. If they received financial assistance through the deceased’s life insurance policy, they may still apply for reimbursement.
At West Cobb Funeral Home & Crematory, we remain committed to the health and safety of the families we serve, our employees, and our community. We want to assure you that we continue to take proactive measures to help prevent the spread of any potential illness. We are monitoring the situation closely by following local, state and national guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently issued the following guidance to funeral service:
- Face Coverings are RECOMMENDED at all visitations and services, and Social Distancing is encouraged at all times.
We want to reassure you that we’ll continue to maintain our high health standards. We are committed to serving all families and we have asked any employee running a fever or having flu-like symptoms to stay home.
Also, absolutely no food or drinks will be allowed at gatherings here at the funeral home during this health crisis.
To read the latest statement from the CDC, please visit the following links: