Financial Assistance

Help for those needing financial 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, victimís and workersí compensation departments, the Veteranís Administration, Social Security, and other potential sources of funding.  We can make suggestions to keep your costs low. Still, we understand that there are those who need to arrange a payment plan through your 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 ofmoney. Below are some of the benefits that may be available:

    Social Security  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 benefits.  Additional monthly benefits may be available for a spouse over theage of 60, minor children under the age of 18, and other certain special circumstances.

    Veterans  If the deceased was an honorably discharged veteran (or the spouse or dependant child of a veteran), several additional benefits may be available including burial in a national cemetery with the grave, opening and closing fees, concrete graveliner (vault for casketed burial) and marker (headstone) provided at no cost.   Other benefits may be available depending on the veteranís service.  Should an indigent veteran die in a V.A. Medical Center (including the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans) it is our policy to provide either an immediate cremation or a simple burial at a cost not to exceed the amount of available benefits  -- ensuring that the family will be fully reimbursed by the Departmentof Veterans Affairs for these final expenses.

    County Welfare  Only a Departmentof Human Services specialist can accuratelydetermine your family's eligibility for assistance as this emergency programis intended for the truly destitute and impoverished.  We regret that due to the uncertainty of eligibility, we can not complete or schedule any services until receiving a decision notice from your caseworker and payment from the state treasury.  This may result in services being delayed for several weeks or longer.  You must apply in person for ďEmergency Burial AssistanceĒ at your county DHS office, and provide supporting personal financial records. as well as any required co-payment or supplement.  Maximum assistance amounts are currently $365 for simple cremation, $600 for cremation with a memorial service in our facility, and $700 for whole-body burial.  This assistance is intended for the truly destitute and is not an entitlement program of the government.