COVID-19 Updates & funeral assistance

fema funeral assistance

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. As a result,  FEMA is committed to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus through financial assistance for COVID19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to or caused by COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  •  There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.

Click here for a full list of frequently asked questions about FEMA Funeral Assistance. To apply for assistance, Call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 1-844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, or for fastest service following your application, you can begin submitting documentation online through, by fax 855-261-3452. Documents may also be mailed to: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance P.O. Box 10001 Hyattsville, MD 20782.

Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home is here to help you through the application process. You can contact us at 412-761-2441 or at [email protected].

Keeping our guests safe

Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home remains committed and prepared to safely care for the families it serves during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
At this time, we are allowing 25% capacity indoors at Lawrence T. Funeral Home. Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations set forth. Churches are allowing masses with capacity varied depending on size of church; cemeteries also vary. Please keep in mind that each church and cemetery are different. 

Face masks are required to be worn while inside the building. 
According to the CDC, at this time, there is no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19; however, federal, state and local public health guidance may impact the size of gathering a family is able to plan. 
Our staff remains vigilant about cleaning our facilities and ensuring we’re all following recommended healthy habits and protocols, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands, and covering coughs and sneezes. 
We will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully commemorate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and local public health officials. Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home regularly receives information via NFDA from the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States. NFDA continues to lead the conversation with federal officials about the role of funeral service as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If the staff of Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home can be of assistance, please contact us at 412-761-2441 or at [email protected].