FEMA Funeral Assistance
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET
FEMA encourages families that may be eligible to start gathering the following documentation:
- An official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States. The death certificate must indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely the result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are considered sufficient attribution.
- Funeral expense documents (e.g., receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant’s name, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses and dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
- Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. Funeral assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance; financial assistance received from voluntary agencies; federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies; or other sources.
You and your family continue to be in our thoughts. If there is anything we can do to assist you with the application process – such as by ordering copies of a death certificate or providing copies of receipts or contracts showing the expenses you incurred, please give us a call. If you have questions regarding the process you can visit the FEMA site at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.