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COVID Funerals Reimbursed

Published Thursday Apr 15, 2021

COVID Funerals Reimbursed

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized $2 billion to provide financial assistance to families who paid for funeral costs specifically related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The reimbursement applies to funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Claims are capped at $9,000.

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, headquartered in Manchester, is assisting NH and VT families with filing for reimbursement for COVID-related funerals. Phaneuf has even created a web page with information about the reimbursement.

“Phaneuf has assisted more than 275 families of people who died from COVID-19,” said Buddy Phaneuf, president of Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium. “Our care for families doesn’t end with a funeral service. We want to help them in any way we can, including guiding them through this funeral reimbursement process.”

Who is Eligible?

  • The death must have occurred in the U.S. or its territories since January 1, 2020. 
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen.

How to Apply

Call the toll-free number (844-684-6333) and be prepared to provide the following:

  • Household income (there is no income requirement to apply)
  • Social security number for both the applicant and deceased
  • Information about funeral expenses you paid for
  • Bank routing info for direct deposit reimbursement

Following the call, FEMA will send a Request for Information letter, which includes a login to a secure website log for applicants to complete the process. Applicants will upload funeral-related expenses files (in PDF or JPG formats) to the secure website site.  

The FEMA link is Applications began on April 12, 2021.

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