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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping families who have lost a loved one to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Starting next month, FEMA will start a funeral assistance program to help families who have pandemic-related funeral expenses. The funerals had to have occurred between Jan. 20 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Exact individual amounts have not been released and the guidance is being finalized. Until the information is released, FEMA is reminding people who lost a loved one to COVID-19 to make sure they have their funeral expenses documented.

Eligible expenses may include the casket, transportation, death certificates and burial plots. Click here for FEMA’s current regulations dealing with deaths related to disasters.

A toll-free phone number will be set up so people can apply for the reimbursements, FEMA said.

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