State funeral funds remain stagnant after pandemic

Across the United States, friends and families of those who died of COVID received up to $9,000 in funeral assistance through FEMA.

LANSING – Unlike other states, Michigan has not increased the financial assistance given to low-income residents for funerals and burials since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $600 cap offered by Michigan is more than any of the 20 states that offer such assistance.

“For us, it’s good if the families have less money,” said Alec Gary, director of Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home in Gladwin, Michigan. “I come from a very low income area and I can help the families I work with and cut some of the funeral expenses.”

Across the United States, friends and families of those who died of COVID received up to $9,000 in funeral assistance through FEMA. The program distributed nearly $3 billion to people across the country, of which just under $100 million went to 16,000 Michiganders, according to FEMA.

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