Read KSTP’s full coronavirus coverage “It was really fast — less than 48 hours of being in the hospital that she died,” Bollock said. “Because you are grieving and the next day, you have to figure out what to do with their body and where you want it to go. And, you can hardly … all of a sudden you’re in business mode, but your loved one just died.”
Bollock says a program like this would really ease the financial burden for many grieving families. “The pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters,” a FEMA spokesperson said in a statement. “Although we cannot change the outcome of what has happened, we are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden created by this deadly virus.”
The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020.
There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.
FEMA will begin accepting applications for funeral assistance on Monday. Information on how to apply can be found on the FEMA website.
To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions: “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh. They don’t have to do that.’ People die, and people have to pay funeral expenses. And for them to do that is just unbelievable,” said Bollock. “And so I think it’s amazing that FEMA is offering that grant.”
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