There are government programs that will pay a portion of the funeral expense of eligible individuals. Those programs include: the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and the Veteran’s Administration (VA).
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Anyone receiving Social Security is entitled to a lump sum death benefit of $255. The benefit is paid only if there is a surviving spouse or surviving children under the age of 18.
CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
DSS will pay up to $1,350, less any assets in the deceased’s estate, toward burial or cremation expenses of any individual with very limited means in Connecticut. There is no restriction; however, assets may offset all or part of the benefit.
To link to a copy of the “Application for Payment of Burial and Funeral Expenses” on the DSS website, link here: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Departments-and-Agencies/DSS/Common-Applications/w-1053.pdf
For information on who is eligible, how much the VA pays, and how to apply, visit:
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Search by service name: Burial/Cremation Expense Assistance
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2021