A Message to Colorado Communities


 

As a result of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for funeral costs specifically related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020, at a 100% federal cost share.
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. There is no requirement for the decedent to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

 

FEMA must be able to verify the applicant’s identity.

Funeral expenses must be incurred by the applicant after January 20, 2020.

The death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories or the District of Columbia.

The death must be attributed to COVID-19 in the state or territory in which the death occurred, as indicated on the death certificate.

Funeral expenses must not be covered by another source (i.e., funeral or burial insurance, financial assistance from voluntary agencies, other applicable government programs/agencies, or other entities).

 

Funeral expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum amount of $9,000 per decedent.

FEMA will only award funeral assistance for a decedent on a single registration. If two individuals contribute toward funeral expenses, they should register under a single registration as applicant and co-applicant. If individuals do not apply under the same registration, the assistance will only be provided to the applicant who provided all of the documentation first.

This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per registration per state or territory.

Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

Any assistance received from another source will be deducted from the funeral assistance award.

An applicant may apply for multiple decedents under a single registration or multiple registrations for deaths that occurred in different states or territories.

 

Applicants must submit all required documentation before FEMA will award Funeral Assistance.

Death certificate: The death certificate must indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely a result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are considered sufficient attribution.

Proof of funeral expenses: Documentation (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) must include the applicant’s name as the responsible person for the expense, the decedent’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and that funeral expenses were incurred after January 20, 2020.

Insurance or other funeral benefits: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, or financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies, or other sources.

 

Beginning April 12, 2021, once individuals have all of the information and documentation ready to send to FEMA, they may call FEMA at 1-844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline Hours of Operation are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time

No on-line registrations will be accepted

Documents may be mailed, or faxed to FEMA or uploaded with a disasterassistance.gov account the applicant may establish after telephone registration is complete

Mailing Address: P.O.Box 10001, Hyattsville,MD20782

FAX:855-261-3452

For more information, visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance is open to eligible applicants across the entire U.S., its territories and the District of Columbia. As a result, we are experiencing a high volume of calls to the FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline. Applicants calling may receive a busy signal or longer-than-normal wait times. There is no deadline to apply for FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. Applicants’ patience would be appreciated as we are giving each caller the care and attention they deserve.

 

 

Thank You to Colorado's #LastResponders

Assisting families and friends with loss is our privilege and honor as funeral directors. Given the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to know that funeral directors throughout Colorado are taking precautions to limit exposure to the coronavirus.

Funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries are still operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making certain that those entrusted to our care and the families we serve are receiving uninterrupted service and attention, regardless of the cause of death.

In the last days and weeks, the Colorado Funeral Directors Association has been in regular contact with numerous state and federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health, ensuring that the information our member funeral homes receive is as current as possible. Funeral homes are in regular contact with local officials ensuring that public welfare is a primary concern.

Since March 26, funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries may continue operate with strict compliance with Social Distancing Requirements for employees and any attendees of services. As of June 2, funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteries may operate at 50% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 50 people, with strict compliance with Social Distancing Requirements for employees and any attendees of services. Receptions are NOT permitted in conjunction with funeral or memorial services.

Our sympathies go out to anyone who has the additional burden of grief and loss during this time, and we are here to guide each family with their particular needs on an individual basis. Your Funeral Director will work with you to create meaningful services that fall within the Governor's emergency order of limiting large public gatherings. 

  • Conducting arrangement conferences with your family by appointment, by phone and/or online;
  • Limiting family and guests who may enter the funeral home;
  • Requiring that all visitors wear face coverings and instituting "no touch" interactions (no hugs, handshakes, etc.);
  • Offering options to delay or postpone funeral and memorial services;
  • Limiting those who may attend funeral services and cemetery burials to a maximum of 50 people;
  • Employing social distancing measures at all services, including restricted seating and maintaining distance between staff and guests;
  • Offering live video streaming during services through Facebook or YouTube;
  • Coordinating photo and video professionals to produce recorded tributes that families can watch later;
  • Arranging for drive-by funeral processions so guests can pay respects from a safe distance;
  • Providing virtual options to let the bereaved know that you support and care for them during this difficult time;
  • Holding community memorial services to allow people to express their grief and mourn those who have died.

We also want to caution you to limit exposure if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell.

  • Please stay home to not only speed your recovery and prevent spreading illness, but to also protect those in high-risk groups.
  • If you are experiencing a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, we encourage you to NOT attend funeral services.

We are your neighbors and friends. Funeral directors live and work in your communities and we take the impact of this pandemic seriously.

Please know that above all, we are committed to the families we serve. We remain focused on maintaining high standards and ethical practices as we serve the dead and bereaved with the health and well-being of our communities in mind as we move forward together in the coming weeks and months.

On behalf of the Members of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association

 

Javan Jones CMSP
President

Colorado Funeral Directors Association