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COVID-19 FEMA

 Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home wishes to provide our families with the following information regarding FEMA assistance for COVID-19 related funeral costs.

 

FEMA to Provide Assistance with Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths

 

The staff at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home want to make our families aware that, beginning in April, families that experienced the death of a loved one due to COVID-19 may be eligible for up to $9,000 in funeral assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

Two pieces of legislation recently passed by Congress – the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 – authorized FEMA to provide financial assistance to families that incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.  

 

Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral and memorial services, and burial, interment or cremation. In April, a dedicated 800-number will be established to help individuals who apply. 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.

 

If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant(s). Applicants can also apply for assistance for more than one individual who died.

 

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance covers eligible expenses for the services you’ve already paid for when your loved one died.  And, as our community becomes safer, your family may choose to plan a memorial service in your loved one’s honor that all of your family and friends can attend – something that many families are finding to be a meaningful experience. Those expenses may also be eligible.

 

While families can apply for assistance at any time, if they do wish to have a memorial service when it is safe to do so, FEMA recommends waiting until after all services have been contracted to avoid the hassle of amending an initial application.

 

The FEMA website has complete information about eligibility requirements, documentation applicants will be required to provide, and how to start the application process. Visit https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.

 

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 that were incurred – please call us.  We are happy to help in any way we can.

304 East Third Street | McCrory, AR 72101 | Phone: 870-731-2551 | Fax: 870-731-2425 | Email: jmaris@jacksonsfh.com
2642 Hwy 64 W | Wynne, AR 72396 | Phone: 870-238-9400 | Fax: 870-238-9132 | Email: jmaris@jacksonsfh.com
394 E. 3rd street | McCrory, AR 72101 | Phone: 870-731-2551 | Fax: 870-731-2425 | Email: thompsonwilson@centurytel.net