• Brian A. Raphan, Esq.

Up to $9,000 reimbursement is available for COVID-19 related funeral expenses from FEMA.

Updated: Feb 14

You can now apply to receive up to $9,000 for past Covid-19 related funeral costs through this program from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


This program has been in place since last April yet many people still have not applied or heard of the program. There's isn't a deadline to apply and the application process is relatively simple once you've gathered some paperwork. So you can get started today.








These are the requirements to get reimbursed:

  • Official death certificate that shows the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and District of Columbia.

  • If the death certificate was issued between Jan. 20 and May 16, 2020, it must either 1) attribute the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 or 2) be accompanied by a signed statement from the original certifier of the death certificate or the local medical examiner or coroner from the jurisdiction in which the death occurred listing COVID-19 as a cause or contributing cause of death. This signed statement must provide an additional explanation, or causal pathway, linking the cause of death listed on the death certificate to COVID-19.

  • If the death certificate occurred on or after May 17, 2020, the death certificate must attribute the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19.

Call this dedicated, toll-free phone number to complete your COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application with a FEMA representative.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline 844-684-6333
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

Read the press release and Frequently Asked Questions here:

Press release: https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210324/fema-help-pay-funeral-costs-covid-19-related-deaths

FAQ: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq


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