There is help with burial expenses and recovery of money spend on funeral expenses for the families of those who died of
the Covid-19 virus. See below:
*FEMA ANNOUNCEMENT *
HUNT VALLEY, Md. (SBG) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon begin reimbursing Americans for funeral expenses of family members who
passed away due to COVID-19.
Congress passed the $2 billion funding in December as part of a $900 billion stimulus bill. The funding was promoted by Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and $260 million will be allocated to their home state of New York, which was hit hard by the pandemic last year.
The two representatives want to keep the program in place for the rest of the pandemic.
Families can be reimbursed up to $7,000 for funeral expenses, retroactive to Jan. 20, 2020. Those who apply will need to submit identifying documentation of
the person who died, as well as a death certificate. According to the National Funeral Directors Association <https://nfda.org/news/statistics>, the national median
cost for a funeral in 2019, including viewing and burial, was $7,640.
Ocasio-Cortez said <https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/politics/schumer-aoc-funeral-covid-funds/index.html> her family struggled with funeral funds for her
father when she was 18 years old, saying the expenses "haunted and followed my family, along with many other families in a similar position, for years."