309 people have died so far in Mesa County from Covid-19 in Mesa County, thirteen of them in just the last two weeks, according to the Mesa County Public Health Department, and there’s no end to the pandemic in sight. Over 700,000 Americans have died from Covid-19 nationwide since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
All of those deceased people have family members who were suddenly burdened not just with grief from the death of their loved ones, but also with unexpected costs from funerals, cremations, interment, buying burial plots and other expenses.
The Biden administration wants to ease some of the financial burden and stress placed on American families who are dealing with deaths caused by Covid-19. To that end, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial help for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred as far back as January 20, 2020.
Examples of eligible costs include but aren’t limited to transportation to identify a deceased individual, the transfer of remains, a burial plot, cremation niche, marker or headstone, use of funeral home equipment or staff, cremation or internment costs.
There is no requirement that the deceased person had to be a U.S. citizen.
To get the financial help, call the Covid-19 Funeral Assistance line at 844-684-6333, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. FEMA’s representatives will help you complete the application over the phone. FEMA is providing multilingual services.
Here is a flyer (pdf) about the federal government’s Coronavirus Funeral Assistance program that shows what information you’ll need to provide to get the financial help.
You can get more information at FEMA’s Covid-19 Funeral Assistance website.