FEMA Funeral Reimbursement Updates
COVID-19 related funeral expenses can be reimbursed.
To be eligible, the death must have occurred in the United States, including its territories and the District of Columbia.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or qualified aliens. The deceased individual does not need to meet these requirements.
Applicants who incurred COVID-19 related funeral expenses for a death that occurred BETWEEN January 20 and May 16, 2020 will be able to submit a death certificate that does NOT attribute the death to COVID-19. The death certificate submitted must be accompanied by a signed statement that links the cause of death on the death certificate to COVID-19. This statement must be signed by the certifying official listed on the death certificate, or the coroner or medical examiner in the jurisdiction where the individual dies.
For deaths occurring AFTER May 16, 2020, applicants will need to submit a death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19.
To apply for Funeral Assistance, call COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 844-684-6333. Multilingual services available.