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FEMA COVID-19 Funeral and Burial Reimbursement Program

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral and Burial Reimbursement Program

In March 2021, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a new program to provide financial assistance to families for certain COVID-19 related funeral expenses. The FEMA COVID-19 Funeral and Burial Reimbursement Program will pay up to $9,000 in expenses for funeral, cremation, and interment costs. Families that have lost multiple family members may qualify for higher reimbursement amounts. FEMA will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12, 2021 through a dedicated call center.

Fraud Alert: FEMA has received reports of scammers reaching out to people offering to register them for funeral assistance. FEMA has not sent any such notifications and does not contact people prior to them registering for assistance.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet the following conditions:

1. The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

2. The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.

3. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.

4. There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

What funeral expenses are covered?

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance will assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation. Any receipts received for expenses that are not related to funeral services will not be determined eligible expenses. Expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation typically include, but are not limited to:

Transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual

Transfer of remains

Casket or urn

Burial plot or cremation niche

Marker or headstone

Clergy or officiant services

Arrangement of the funeral ceremony

Use of funeral home equipment or staff

Cremation or interment costs

Costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates

Additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances

More information is available on the FEMA FAQ page here.

How to apply

Call: 844-684-6333
TTY: 800-462-7585

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time

If you incurred COVID-19 funeral expenses, Oakwood Hill Funeral Chapel & Cemetery encourages you to keep and gather documentation. Types of information should include:

An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened.

Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. FEMA is not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.

If Oakwood Hill Funeral Chapel & Cemetery assisted you with planning funeral arrangements for a COVID-19 victim since January 20, 2020, Oakwood Hill Funeral Chapel & Cemetery would be happy to answer your questions or assist you with the documentation you will need to apply. Just call our office at 253-473-2901 to schedule an appointment.

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Jacklyn R.
I thought this would be the hardest thing. Oakwood Hill made it easier than I ever thought possible.
Steve B.
Oakwood Hill is a place with caring people explaining your options and then letting you decide what is best. My family and I felt no pressure at all while we made our choices.
Janina F.
Leland is clearly cut out for this work. From the moment we met, I felt him to be a caring presence simply there to help me through the process. He is a real asset to Oakwood Hill!
Reginald V.
All my family has gone through Oakwood Hill and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. They seem to genuinely care about their customers and it shows. Thank you!
Sandra Q.
Not only did we save a ton of money by using Oakwood Hill, we felt like we gave our dad a quality send-off. He would have really enjoyed it and that makes our family feel that much better about it.
Jason F.
Last place we went for a simple cremation, it took three weeks. Oakwood Hill took only 5 days. They’ve got a customer for life from here on out, pun intended!
Yancy S.
With the pandemic, we had some concerns about coming in to their office. They said we could visit their website and take care of everything that way. Talk about convenient. Thanks Oakwood Hill!
Megan D.
Simple, easy and efficient. Am glad hospice referred us to Oakwood Hill.
Barry C.
We asked a ton of questions and got nothing but direct answers. The funeral director did not have any issue with that and he very quickly earned our trust. We hope not to, but would come here again without hesitation.
Emily P.
They just handled my father’s funeral. Even through our grief, you could feel their compassion and professionalism at every turn. Leland was our funeral director and we recommend him to anyone who wants a similar experience.
Gary T.
I may be years late in writing this, but during our time of sorrow the people at Oakwood Hill helped us crafting a ceremony we are still so proud of. They went out of their way to exceed our expectations.
Samantha B.
Very caring people at a very difficult time. Thank you, Leland Loftis, for your personal attention and care to our needs. This company is one of the best.
Natalie T.
Our son’s passing was unexpected and a real shock. We were told to call Oakwood Hill and are very thankful that we did. We could not have been more pleased.
Sally P.
Thank you so much for the great care and compassion during the funeral for my mother in law. While most of us did not want to go to the funeral, all of us afterwords thought that it was very well done and felt like Oakwood Hill did a great job.
Justin R.
My parents chose to pre-plan their cremations through Oakwood Hill and thankfully they did. After the death occurred, we called them and they began carrying out their wishes.
Shannon V.
I have attended multiple services held at Oakwood Hill and what makes them stand apart from the rest is their staff. Dedicated, compassionate, professional and willing to do whatever it takes to exceed their families needs. They are the best of the best
Jeanette B.
My husband passed away and I was in a state of total shock. Given I was new to the area, I found Oakwood Hill on Google. They were reasonable, professional and took great care of me and my husband.
Lance C.
The nurse at the nursing home told us about Oakwood Hill and their long history and experience with cremation. After we spoke on the phone and then met with the funeral director, we knew we made the right decision.
Karen Y.
Dealing with my fathers’ death was definitely not easy. The staff here at Oakwood Hill were amazing to our family in our time of need. They were always so patient with us and always answered any questions we had. I don't know what other funeral homes are like, but these guys were amazing, especially Leland who listened to my mother, sister and I when we were conflicted about flowers and was just overall wonderful to us.
Clark G.
I couldn't recommend a better funeral home in the Tacoma area. Not only were they very personable, they also didn't try to push us to buy more ‘stuff.’ They saved us a huge headache during a very emotionally difficult moment for our family. Highly recommended.