Are there any programs that help with funeral expenses?

2 answers | Last updated: Sep 14, 2017
Racheal asked...

Are there any programs that help with funeral expenses for a poverty-level family to bury their mother? She has days to live and we don't have enough money!

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Barbara Repa, a senior editor, is an attorney, a journalist specializing in aging issues, and the author of Your Rights in the Workplace (Nolo), now in its 10th edition.

All states -- and many counties and municipalities -- run programs that offer financial benefits for funerals, burials, and cremation to families with low incomes.

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 mother was receiving some type of public assistance during her lifetime, 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."

To secure any of the benefits, a survivor will have to fill out a brief application that the state or county agency will provide, usually including a brief listing of available cash, property, and other resources.

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Funeral arranger answered...

If you are in San Diego I can refer you to a local cemetery. If not check the local listings and call them and ask if they have any special prices for low income families.