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FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Funeral Assistance

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19- related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

POLICY CHANGE: For deaths that occurred between January 20 and May 16, 2020: In place of amending a death certificate that does not list COVID-19 as
a contributing factor, FEMA will accept a signed statement from the certifying official on the death certificate, or local coroner/medical examiner. The statement must include a causal pathway, linking the cause of death to COVID-19.

Which expenses will qualify for reimbursement?

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to or caused by COVID-19 for a death that occurred after May 16, 2020.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.

Examples of eligible expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation may include, but not limited to:

  • Transportation for up to two people to identify the deceased individual
  • The transfer of remains, a casket or urn
  • A burial plot or cremation niche
  • A marker or headstone

What information do I need to provide to FEMA?

       •    Clergy or officiant services
       •    The arrangement of a funeral ceremony
       •    The use of funeral home equipment or staff

       •    Cremation or interment costs
       •    Costs associated with producing multiple death certificates

Please have the following information before contacting FEMA to apply:

      •     Your name, social security number, date of birth, mailing address and contact phone numbers.
      •     The name, social security number and date of birth for each deceased individual.
      •     The location or address where the deceased individual passed away.
      •     Documentation and receipts for any assistance already received from other sources, including burial or funeral insurance, donations, voluntary agencies, other government programs or non-profit organizations

      •    If you and another person both incurred funeral expenses for the same deceased individual(s), you can  also provide that person as a co-applicant — include their       name, social security number and date of birth on the application.

Call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 1-844-684-6333
(TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday and begin the application process.

For fastest service following your application, you can begin submitting documentation online through Disasterassistance.gov,

Documents may also be mailed to: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance P.O. Box 10001 Hyattsville, MD 20782

You can also visit us online at  FEMA.gov/funeral-assistance/faq.

Information is provided in several languages both by telephone and the website.