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We continue to think of you and your family as you continue to adjust to life without your loved one. The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a historical event, but to your family a very personal one. The loss you experienced due to this virus is tragic and our hearts go out to you. 

We hope the services our funeral home provided were helpful during such a difficult time and that our caring staff brought you a bit of comfort

We wanted to make sure you were aware of a new program that Congress enacted that may allow your family to be reimbursed for some of your funeral expenses. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. This may include all costs through the funeral home, church, florist, monument company, etc.             

  • This program is available through FEMA and applications will begin to be accepted on April 12, 2021.
  • Up to $9,000 of funeral and burial expenses may be covered through this program. There are eligibility requirements, and the death certificate must indicate that the death was attributed to COVID-19.

If you were not able to hold a funeral at the time of your loved one’s death, you may schedule a memorial service through our funeral home and the cost of this may also be covered by this program. This is a one time reimbursement so please make sure you have completed all the services for your loved one before applying.

To apply for these funds, you can call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line beginning on April 12 at 844-684-6333 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Central time. You will be asked to set up an online account and submit the required documentation through your portal. 

We know this can be a confusing time, so feel free to call us at 1-706-546-1587 if you need us to provide you with any missing receipts from our funeral home and discuss with you the steps you need to take to apply for these funds. We can also share with you the benefit of holding a memorial service at our funeral home or assist you with one at your church or cemetery.

This information was compiled and summarized from recent FEMA announcements and publications. Please consult FEMA publications directly to fully familiarize yourself with the policy and program. All families should

consult FEMA directly to gain a thorough understanding of reimbursement availability for their specific situations.


FEMA has published an FAQ document:
https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq


FEMA’s COVID-19 Assistance Web Page:
https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance


FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Policy:
https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_policy_covid-19_funeral_assistance-updated.pdf


FEMA’s latest press release:
https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210324/fema-help-pay-funeral-costs-covid-19-related-deaths

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