CENTRALIA — A local funeral home is offering help to families who have lost a loved one to the novel coronavirus.
With the implementation of FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application process, Macz Funeral Homes offers its assistance to the families it served and other community members that lost a loved one after January 20, 2020, who think they may be eligible to apply for a reimbursement. FEMA will begin accepting applications on April 12, 2021.
Any family who paid funeral expenses for a loved one whose cause of death was determined to be “COVID related” could be eligible to apply for a reimbursement (if the expenses were incurred after January 20, 2020).
Macz Funeral Homes will sit down with interested families to apply during their Open House from 2-4 p.m. April 20, at 234 South Elm Street Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia.
They’ll answer questions about the process and what expenses are eligible for reimbursement, help you gather the necessary expense documentation, provide resources and links to additional information, and offer support throughout the process
“We want to help our families in every way possible – before, during, and after the funeral,” said Tom Macz, owner of Macz Funeral Homes. “Now that families can apply for reimbursement for COVID-19 related deaths, we want to help those families through the application process so they can receive financial relief. We’re grateful to be able to help our community in this way.”
According to the FEMA website, families can submit multiple applications, if there was more than one COVID-19 related death in the family. The assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral.
To learn more about FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program and application process, you can either contact FEMA directly at 844-684-6333, TTY: 800-462-7585), call Macz Funeral Homes at 618-532-5511 or go to fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.