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How do I find financial aid for a burial?

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The amount of financial aid you can receive for a burial depends on two factors: your income level and the state you live in. Contact your local social services department to see what aid you can receive. Visit the Funeral Consumers Alliance website for resources on minimizing cost as well.

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  1. Determine the financial assistance options of your state

    Visit your state's Department of Human Services (DHS) website to learn what kinds of financial assistance they offer. Some states like Colorado offer a standard maximum amount for any resident, while other states like Minnesota vary by county in terms of offerings.

  2. Look into assistance from the Department of Social Security

    A deceased individual who was receiving Social Security is eligible for a single amount of financial assistance upon death if survived by a dependent minor or spouse. Contact the Social Security Administration about your specific case.

  3. Use the Funeral Consumers Alliance website for more resources

    Becoming a member of the Funeral Consumers Alliance provides you with end of life planning materials and resources that are helpful in determining financial assistance resources available to you. Membership requires an annual $10 fee as of 2014. Without becoming a member, you can still access the FCA's online database of forums, publications and contact information for state chapters.

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