TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - People who lost a relative to the Coronavirus could be reimbursed for funeral expenses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping those families through FEMA.
"That's what it was designed for, to help people pay for the funerals of their loved ones that died of Covid when they didn't have the money to do it,"Holland funeral director Steve Holland said.
That's one of the reasons for the newly announced relief program --but it's not for everybody.
"It's not like the stimulus check that everybody gets regardless," Holland said.
The program is for all Americans who lost a loved one after January 20, 2020. Steve Holland, the owner of Holland Funeral Directors said he's seen families struggle to cover the expenses of a funeral during the pandemic and this program could help those families financially.
"I think the benefit of this program is that it's really going to help some needy people who occurred the expense and may be paying me or another funeral director by the month," Holland said. "Or I just gave them three to six months to pay, and they still haven't come up with the proceeds."
To apply you'll need a death certificate, funeral contract and receipts. People that paid out of pocket or with life insurance for funeral services and interment or cremation will receive reimbursements. But any expenses not related to funeral services will not be determined eligible expenses.
As for Holland, he says he hopes the people that need this relief the most, are fortunate enough to receive it.
"No job, not hardly paying the rent, those people are out there," Holland said. "The other people don't believe those people exists, but they do exist, I see them every week, covid or not covid."
For those families eligible, the application will open on Monday.