WATCH NOW: Authorities Help to COVID-19 Funeral Affords “somewhat reduction,” says Greensboro Native’s funeral director
There’s no cap on how much money will be available for the overall program because, as the agency says, “there’s no way to predict how many COVID-related deaths can occur between now and 2025.”
According to FEMA, those who have paid funeral expenses for more than one person could receive a reimbursement of up to $ 35,500, with the limit of $ 9,000 per funeral still in place.
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Refunds are made for funeral expenses such as ceremonies, cremation, and burial.
Applicants must be able to provide documentation including an official death certificate attributing the death to COVID-19 and showing that it occurred in the United States after January 20, 2020. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, national, or a national or immigrant residing legally in the country, although there is no similar requirement for the person who died.
According to FEMA, applicants also need funeral expenses records, such as receipts or the funeral contract, which include the applicant’s name (as the person responsible for the expenses), the name of the deceased, and the dates and amounts of the funeral expenses. The agency does not reimburse prepaid funeral plans or expenses paid with funeral or funeral insurance, charitable donations, and similar situations.
Callands, who said he helped at funerals for seven people who died of COVID-19, sees some reasons this help could be especially helpful.