FEMA program offers help paying for funeral costs for those who died of COVID-19

A new federal program is helping ease the burden for families who've lost a loved one to COVID-19

News 12 Staff

Apr 16, 2021, 11:50 PM

Updated 1,134 days ago

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A new federal program is helping ease the burden for families who've lost a loved one to COVID-19
FEMA is providing up to $9,000 per funeral and up to $35,000 to people who lost multiple family members to COVID-19.
The agency says the funds can go toward headstones, funeral ceremonies, cremations and other significant costs.
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In order to be eligible, the death must have occurred in the U.S., the death certificate must indicate the death was caused by COVID-19 and the death occurred after January 20, 2020.
The owner of Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home in Stamford says any help his clients can get will be a benefit, and he's encouraging many of them to apply.
In order to apply, you have to call FEMA's COVID-19 funeral assistance helpline. You can call between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Friday.


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