FEMA Offering Assistance for COVID-19 Related Funeral Expenses
Beginning in April 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be providing financial assistance for funeral expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic up to $9,000. Those who are eligible will be able to receive their assistance as a check by mail or direct deposit. Funds are limited, so applications should be submitted as soon as possible to increase eligibility. As of April 12th, 2021 the FEMA hotline is open and application appointments are taking place.
Applicants must be able to supply a variety of official documents in order to receive aid, including but not limited to a death certificate and funeral expense documents such as receipts and contracts, as well as proof of funds received from other sources that were specifically used for funeral costs. Individuals who wish to receive assistance must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or qualified aliens. The death must have occurred in the United States after January 20, 2020 and must have been attributed to the COVID-19 virus as stated by the death certificate.
Visit https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance for more information.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
Applications begin on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time
Information on Funeral Service during COVID-19
With such a time of uncertainty in the world caused by the spread of COVID-19, we want to let you know what your options are. We at Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services will always stress the importance of honoring your loved ones. We want to help you do so in a way that does not risk the health and well-being of your friends and family.
Know your options for funeral services:
Funeral services are considered an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will remain open to take care of your family and offer support.
We have a web conferencing setup available, so your family and friends don’t have to miss out on honoring your loved one even with gathering limitations.
You may also stream the funeral from your phone, with the family’s permission.
- You may have a gathering for your loved one that follows the safety precautions required by the MDHHS. As of November 18, this includes limiting guest attendance to 25 people.
Ways you can support your family and friends who have lost a loved one:
Write a condolence for the family on the funeral home website.
Join the live stream and light a candle at home, if the family has chosen this option.
More than ever, sign the guestbook online and share memories.
Mail a card or letter, sharing great memories with the family.
- Give them a call, or FaceTime.
Know how to stay safe and healthy:
Hold off on handshakes and hugs, but show your condolences and care in other ways.
We are taking precautions outlined by the CDC and NFDA to keep your family safe during any planning or funeral service held at our facilities. Please adhere to hygiene and social distancing guidelines to help us in these efforts.