By Conrad Dudderar
Yukon families are being advised of federal funding offered to cover COVID-19-related funeral expenses.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone – especially those who suffered loss due to the virus.
Donna Yanda, director and owner of Yanda & Son Funeral Home, is letting Yukon families know they can apply for funeral assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“We serve all families in their time of need, including those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19,” Yanda said. “We will provide the information to those affected by this dreaded disease.
“This program is intended to assist with the costs of funeral services, interment and cremations. Nothing can replace a loved one, but this may help ease the financial burden that comes with that loss.”
Yanda explained the primary criteria that must be met to receive this FEMA funeral assistance:
- The death must have occurred in the United States;
- The certified death certificate must list COVID-19 as a cause of death;
- The applicant must have paid for the funeral, burial or cremation costs after Jan. 20, 2020; and
- The applicant is a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or qualified refugee (Note: The person who died does not have to meet these criteria, however).
An applicant for FEMA funeral assistance is eligible to receive up to $9,000 for each COVID-19-related funeral “for which they are responsible,” Yanda added.
There is no deadline to apply.
Applicants are asked to call (844) 684-6333 for FEMA funeral aid.
When calling, applicants must provide: Social security number, date of birth, current mailing address and phone number, deceased’s date of birth, and location of deceased’s death.
“They also must provide proof of funeral expenses and whether they have a prearrangement or received funeral assistance through any other agency or government entity,” Yanda noted.
Funeral expenses must not be covered by other sources. More information may be obtained from FEMA.
Funds for this funeral aid program come from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
FEMA began accepting applications on April 12.
For the latest details about FEMA’s funeral assistance, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus
For more information, call Yanda & Son Funeral Home at (405) 350-7101.