There are a number of different ways to obtain financial assistance with funeral costs. Some options include city or county burial assistance programs, grants from the Social Security Administration and free burial in a national cemetery for military veterans and their spouses, according to Caring.com.
The most inexpensive option is cremation, the total cost of which is usually not more than $1,000. If burial is desired, a service conducted at graveside is much more inexpensive than one conducted at a funeral home.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans and their spouses are eligible to be buried in a national cemetery at no cost. Costs of the casket and transport or cremation must be covered by the family unless the veteran was eligible for a burial allowance.
Counties and cities often provide assistance with burial costs to residents who can demonstrate low income. The Department of Human Resources or the Treasurer's Office are good places to inquire. Certain states, such as Alabama, also have laws that require each county to provide some minimum amount of burial assistance.
The Social Security Administration may issue a one-time payment of $255 to surviving spouses or dependents. The deceased may also have paid into a burial fund in the amount of up to $1,500 with the SSA.