FEMA reimburses funeral costs to families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19

Written by on May 17, 2021

FEMA reimburses funeral costs to families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 

By Brittany Sweeney

May 17, 2021

Photo by Rhodi Lopez on Unsplash

The federal government is reimbursing funeral costs to families who lost loved ones to COVID-19. And a local funeral director is helping to get the word out about the program. 

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Jamie Connell is among the fourth generation of his family to operate Connell Funeral Home on East Broad Street in Bethlehem.

He says they’ve served around 100 families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.

The funeral director is contacting those families to let them know they are entitled to up to $9,000 in reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  

“This is ongoing as of right now. We’re being told that it goes through 2025. As of right now, we’re also being told that there’s no cap on the funding, so anyone can apply moving forward,” Connell says.

FEMA says the program is part of its mission to help people before, during and after disasters.

Families will need to provide some information.

“The most important thing is that COVID-19 must be written somewhere on the death certificate. So if you had a loved one that passed during this timeframe, COVID-19 must be listed on that death certificate. That’s the most important piece of this,” Connell says.   

Families who have lost multiple family members to COVID-19 may be entitled to up to $35,000, Connell says. .

To learn more about the reimbursement, visit FEMA.gov.

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