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Is there burial assistance available from the state?

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You are wise to plan ahead—and at least be able to offer the best information available to your husband and his family when the time comes.

All states--and many See also:
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counties and municipalities--run programs that offer financial benefits for funerals, burials, and cremation to families that have limited funds. Unfortunately, there is no good central resource that tracks all of them--and what is available varies widely, depending on where you live.

If your father-in-law is receiving some type of public assistance, the family should first contact that agency. Otherwise, the best way to find out about the specific benefits offered in a particular locale is to do an Internet search of the state plus the county plus the words "burial assistance." It is often the counties that have the most targeted funds available.

To secure any of the benefits, survivors have to fill out an application that the state or county agency will provide, usually including a brief listing of available cash, property, and other resources. So it would also be wise for you to start collecting this type of information now.

Another place you might turn for good guidance is the Funeral Consumers Alliance--a nonprofit group aimed at helping consumers keep funeral costs affordable.

 

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rachelbear answered...

Hope this helps to guide you:

San Antonio, Texas: Bexar County Pauper Burial Program (210) 335-3666 contracts with a Funeral Home and they offer services free or reduced to people that qualify.

I have referred friends and they were very satisfied and felt their loved ones were treated with respect.

I sincerely hope your county might offer similar services. I called a long standing funeral home and explained my friends financial situation and the funeral home was the one who referred me to refer my friend to the Bexar County Pauper Burial Program.

I hope I understood your question and you find the answer comforting.

God Bless!

 

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rachelbear answered...

Hope this helps to guide you:

San Antonio, Texas: Bexar County Pauper Burial Program (210) 335-3666 contracts with a Funeral Home and they offer services free or reduced to people that qualify.

I have referred friends and they were very satisfied and felt their loved ones were treated with respect.

I sincerely hope your county might offer similar services. I called a long standing funeral home and explained my friends financial situation and the funeral home was the one who referred me to refer my friend to the Bexar County Pauper Burial Program.

I hope I understood your question and you find the answer comforting.

God Bless!

 

 
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