Few families have applied for help to pay for COVID-19 funerals

A year into the program, the federal government has paid more than $2 billion to cover funeral costs for people who die of COVID.


National News

May 19, 2022 - 4:15 PM

In April 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency offered to reimburse funeral expenses for COVID victims — up to $9,000, which is roughly the average cost of a funeral. PIXABAY.COM

On a humid August afternoon in 2020, two caskets — one silver, one white — sat by holes in the ground at a small, graveside service in the town of Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

The family had just lost a mom and dad, both to COVID-19.

“They died five days apart,” said Allison Leaver, their daughter who now lives in Maryland with her husband and kids.

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