Help for those needing funeral assistance...
We encourage you to speak openly about any financial hardship you are experiencing. We take pride in serving all who call our firm, including those with financial difficulties. We work closely with county Departments of Human Services, victim’s and workers’ compensation departments, the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security, and other potential sources of funding. We can make suggestions to keep your funeral costs low. Still, we understand that there are those who need to arrange a payment plan through their local bank or credit union or may need a cost reduction in order for their needs to be met, and we are here to help. No one has ever been turned away for lack of money. Below are some of the benefits that may be available.
Currently, if the deceased was married at the time of death, a lump sum death benefit of $255 is payable to the eligible surviving spouse from Social Security. We will assist you in starting the process of claiming death benefits. Additional monthly benefits may be available for a spouse over the age of 60, minor children under the age of 18, and other certain special circumstances.
If the deceased was an honorably discharged Veteran, several additional benefits may be available including burial assistance in a National Cemetery with the grave, opening and closing fees, and marker (headstone) provided at no cost. For the family of a Veteran who dies in a V.A. hospital (including the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans), it is our policy to offer funeral or cremation options at a cost not to exceed benefits that may be reimbursed to the family. Other benefits may be available depending on the Veteran’s service.
Currently, for eligible Medicaid or Department of Human Services (DHS) clients, welfare assistance of up to $700 may be available ($455 payable to the funeral home, $145 payable to the cemetery/crematory, and $100 available for the outer burial container/vault). The family is permitted to supplement up to $4000 towards any remaining balance. You must apply in person for “Emergency Burial Assistance” at your county DHS office, and provide supporting financial records. Only a DHS specialist can accurately determine your family’s eligibility for this program. We regret that due to the uncertainty of eligibility, we cannot schedule any services until receiving a decision notice from your caseworker, as well as any required co-payment or supplement. Further, due to the instability of the State of Michigan budget, this program may be discontinued at any time.