COVID-19 FEMA Burial Expense Assistance Program:
The incident period for FEMA’s COVID-19 Burial Expense Assistance Program ended on May 11, 2023. However, FEMA will continue to provide funeral assistance until Sept. 30, 2025, to those who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic.
The program covers funeral expenses incurred in the United States, including the US Territories, on or after Jan. 20, 2020.
Call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline or visit the website for additional information:
For fastest service applying, individuals can begin submitting documentation online through Disasterassistance.gov,
by fax 855-261-3452; Documents may also be mailed to: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, P.O. Box 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782
There are government programs that will pay a portion of the funeral expenses 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: June2023