With no assets and cash, how can I pay for my own final expenses?
I have a life ending disease, no assets, no cash. How can I pay final expenses? Cremation? There will only be small memorial service done by minister in family.
Facing one's own passing is a difficult enough ordeal without having the additional burden of not knowing how to pay for final funeral expenses.
Fortunately, there are a number of sources of funding and assistance. If you are a veteran of the armed forces, you may be eligible for funeral and burial expenses. You should contact the local VA office as well your state Veterans Affairs office for assistance and help in determining for what services you may be eligible. Local funeral directors may also be able to assist you in applying for Veterans benefits.
The town or city in which you live most likely also has a program to pay for funeral expenses of residents who are indigent. Contact your city or town clerk for help in directing you to the right department within your municipal government. County and state human services departments also have programs to help pay for the funeral services of citizens. This varies considerably from state to state and county to county so it is important to contact the appropriate human services departments to see what programs may be available to you. Social Security also has a program to pay for a small amount of funeral expenses. Contact the local office of the Social Security Administration for more information.
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