Article from msn.com:
FEMA plans to reimburse families up to
$7000 for COVID-related funeral costs
The CDC states more than 460,000 people have died from the coronavirus across the country.
This week the federal government announced they will soon help pay for their funeral costs.
Channel 3 News talked to a Pensacola man who is pleading for this help now.
Willie and DeLisa Mixon were high school sweethearts and were married for more than 40 years.
Willie says the couple had plans of buying a home this year.
Now he’s planning his wife’s funeral.
“I’ve been in depression because it’s hard to believe something like this actually came into play and I still haven’t really woke up,” he said.
DeLisa died from COVID-19 last Monday after spending about a month on a ventilator.
Willie said she just canceled her life insurance policy so she could pay for her medications.
The family did not have any money set aside for a funeral.
This week Willie took out a $2,000 loan, but he still has to come up with about $4,000 more to bury her at the end of this month.
“I knew I probably wouldn’t have come up with the money and I’m not a person to ask anybody for anything. So I just wanted to make sure she gets…she would have done the same thing for me. So I just wanna make sure she gets buried properly,” he said.
The price to bury a loved one is not cheap.
According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the median cost of a funeral in 2019, with a viewing and a burial, was $7,640. With a casket, that number rises to $9,135.
That doesn’t include the costs for headstones, flowers, or an obituary.
“I’m not the only family in this boat,” said Willie.
On Monday, lawmakers announced FEMA will begin reimbursing families, up to $7,000, for the costs of covid-related funerals.
Right now FEMA says the funding will be available for funeral costs that were incurred between January 20th to December 31 last year.
Under those guidelines, Mixon would not be eligible for reimbursement.
However, lawmakers are hoping to extend funding to include 2021 in the future.
“Sometimes I have to take it one minute at a time. It’s kind of rough right now…The only thing I can do right now is to pray. The first thing is I don’t even know why God kept me, but he did,” said Mixon.
FEMA said they are working on setting up a hotline that you can call.
They say in the meantime you can gather documents including your loved one’s official death certificate, documentation of funeral costs, and identification to show your relationship to the person who died.