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 $1200, 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.
Clink on the link above for more information on who is eligible, how much the VA pays, and how to apply.
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Search by service name: Burial/Cremation Expense Assistance
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2017