The State Emergency Relief (SER) Program provides immediate help to individuals and families
facing conditions of extreme hardship or for emergencies that threaten health and safety. Through
a combination of direct financial assistance and contracts with a network of non-profit organizations
such as the Salvation Army and local Community Action Organizations, SER helps low-income households meet emergency needs such as Burials.  The S.E.R. program is primarily designed
to maintain low-income households who are normally able to meet their needs but occasionally
need help when unexpected emergency situations arise. Only local D.H.S. experts should make
eligibility determinations for this program due to many variables. Ask for details at your local DHS
office and bring the deceased individuals financial information with you! 

Social Security Death Benefit
The one-time death benefit is $255 and it can be paid to a surviving spouse (legally married) who
lived in the same residence, though if the spouse lived elsewhere he or she may still be eligible
for the money. If there is NO surviving eligible spouse, a child may receive the $255 if the child
was eligible for benefits on the deceased person's work record.  If no spouse or child can legally
claim the money, it won't be paid. To file for the benefit, make an appointment with your local
Social Security office.
Social Security SURVIVORS Benefits
Phone: 800-772-1213  OR    TTY 800-325-0778
Social Security will contribute $250 towards a cemetery headstone for a covered WORKER.
Social Security Survivors Benefits can be paid to: a widow/widower--full benefits at full retirement
age or reduced benefits as early as age 60 / a disabled widow or widower as early as age 50/ a
widow or widower at any age if he or she takes care of the deceased's child who is under 16 or
disabled/and receiving S.S. benefits/unmarried children under 18, or up to age 19 if they are
attending high school full-time....under certain circumstances, benefits can be paid to step-
children, grandchildren or adopted children/ children at any age who were disabled before
age 22 and remain disabled dependent parents age 62 or older.


If the individual’s death was a result of a crime, compensation might be available through
a victims’ compensation fund. Each state has its own such fund. This can be tapped into
to pay funeral costs,but the victim’s family must comply with the rules of their state’s
program, such as cooperating with law enforcement requests and submitting a timely
application. Look further down on the page to find organizations that help with burials
for their own cultural group or other reasons!
Please go back to the HOMEPAGE of Julie's List, and look under CRIME VICTIM RESOURCES.


Michigan Cremation & Burial Services
Jansen Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services
4705 Pine Street
PO Box 77
Columbiaville, MI 48421
Phone: 866-560-2525    Toll Free: 1-866-835-4911
There is simply no adequate replication for the human body when it comes to teaching and
research. The gift of donation provides the ability to find cures for debilitating conditions
such as cancer and Alzheimer’s among many others.  Donations are also important to
develop new medicines, study human anatomy and practice and perfect new surgical
procedures. Each donation is highly valued and treated with the utmost humanity,
compassion and respect.  Most people are eligible for donation regardless of their
age, disease, or state of health.The generous gift of body after death is an alternative
to a traditional funeral. MedCure covers all costs associated with donation which include: 
transportation, cremation, two certified copies of the death certificate and timely return
of cremated remains to family (if requested).
Counties within our service area:
Lapeer, Genesee, Tuscola, Oakland, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Ingham, Wayne, Macomb,
St. Clair, Sanilac, Bay, Livingston & Washtenaw.

Michigan State University
Division of Human Anatomy
Administrative Office :
Anatomy Offices / East Fee Hall
965 Fee Rd., A519
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-6380
Willed Body Program:
Central Fee Hall
939 Fee Rd., E206
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-5398
Cornea and Organ Donation
The Willed Body Program only accepts whole bodies for medical education because
organ donation renders the body unsuitable for our teaching program. However, the
Willed Body Program will accept bodies following eye removal for the purpose of cornea
transplant provided all other criteria are met. The Willed Body Program does not conduct
eye removals. Arrangements for eye removal should be made by the family and the procedure
performed prior to the body being transported to the University.
Individuals seeking information on cornea donation should contact:
Michigan Eye Bank
4889 Venture Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone:  800-247-7250 / 734-780-2100
Information on other types of organ and tissue donation may be obtained through:
Gift of Life Agency
3861 Research Park Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone:  800-482-4881
Final Disposition of Remains
After use in our teaching program, from one to three years or possibly longer, the bodies
are individually cremated and the cremated remains are buried in the University burial plot
in East Lawn Memory Gardens in Okemos, Michigan. Each September the Division of Human
Anatomy conducts an interment service for those individuals who have been cremated that
year. Family members who choose to be notified of this service are invited to attend. The
family may request return of the ashes for private burial. However, the family is responsible
for making private burial arrangements and for the costs associated with the private burial.
Although a common grave site is used each year, the cremated remains are buried in indivi-
dual urns.

University of Michigan Anatomical Donations Program
3767 Medical Science Building II
1137 Catherine St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5608
Phone: (734) 764-4359
Anatomical donations are essential to medical education and research. Anatomy courses rely
on anatomical donations to give students first-hand knowledge of the anatomical structures
of the human body. These courses are among the first and most important in the education
of physicians, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, and other health professionals.
Information on U of M Transplant Dept:
Memorial Service will be held at the Rackham Auditorium in September.
The memorial service is a public event and anyone is invited to attend.

Wayne State School of Medicine
540 E. Canfield
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone: 313-577-2424


93 Old York Road   Suite 1 #403
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone:  215-870-8110
Final Farewell provides financial assistance, advice and guidance to grieving families from
all religions and backgrounds so they may provide an affordable and decent funeral for
their loved child. For the most needy cases, families who meet our Charity Policy may
receive full funeral services, including burial, at no cost.

Plots for Tots - Infant Burial Program
Zaman Inernational
26091 Trowbridge
Inkster, MI  48141
Phone: 313-551-3994
Zaman International developed the Plots for Tots Infant Burial Program to assist indigent
families who cannot afford proper burials for their fetus, infant or toddler. In 2005, Zaman
purchased 230 burial plots for the Plots for Tots Cemetery, located in Westland, MI., to
provide a final resting place for these infants. Since 2005, Plots for Tots has supported
37 grieving families by giving their child a dignified burial ceremony. This program is
open to all indigent populations regardless of ethnicity or religious affiliation.

Yatoomas Foundation For The Kids
1615 S. Telegraph   Suite 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302
Phone:  888-987-KIDS (5437)
Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids provides personalized assistance to families who
have lost a parent/spouse. We believe that preventative counseling and support, along
with appropriate aftercare, will prevent grieving kids and adults from making poor decisions.
The emotional well-being of an individual or family after the death of a loved one is a critical
factor in determining future behaviors and actions. Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids
understands the need for individuals and families to remain financially stable after the death
of a parent/spouse. Taxes, probate, and the application for benefits are some of the realities
that that a grieving family member must face after their loved one’s death. These realities
require clarity and an understanding of the issues involved. Yatooma’s Foundation For
The Kids is dedicated to protecting the legal and financial integrity of the surviving family.
Financial Assistance
Grief Counceling
Legal Assistance
Accounting Assistance
Family Budget Development
Support Groups
Household Maintainence and Repair Services
Vocational Training
Job Placement Services
Mentoring Programs
Referral Services
Community Outreach
Group Presentations
Tutorial Services
Cultural Programs
Funeral Assistance
Car Maintenance & Repair

Six Feet Over
P.O. Box 32394
Detroit, MI  48232
Phone: 313-723-0373
Six Feet Over assists those with recent losses to suicide with funerals, memorials,
clean up services,bills from time off of work, among other services. We also focus
on community outreach, resource connections, suicide awareness, prevention and

The TEARS Foundation
11102 Sunrise Blvd. E., Suite 112
Puyallup, WA 98374
Phone:  734-7645-7430  Buddy & Shelby Shuh, Michigan Chapter Leaders
If you have found this site because you have just lost a baby, our hearts go out to you.
The TEARS Foundation may be able to provide financial funeral assistance to families
who meet the following guidelines:
The qualifications to receive funeral assistance from The TEARS Foundation are:
1. The family resides in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,
    Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington State
2. The baby who died was between 20 weeks gestation up to one year old
3.  Fund availability
4.  Funds are provided based on the family having a financial need
Infant Funeral Services (20 weeks gestation to one year):
The TEARS Foundation pays for current infant funeral expenses and unexpected child
funeral expenses. We are not able to help with expenses over 30 days old. You may select
the funeral home of your choosing and we will work with them to become an Approved
Charlie & Braden Project (1 year - 12 years)
Funeral assistance for sudden loss of a child.
The family resides in or child died in Alaska, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan,
South Carolina, Washington State or Wyoming.
Jesse's Grant Marker Program (20 weeks gestation - 1 year)
We are accepting applications in the following states: Alaska, Indiana, Massachusetts,
Michigan, South Carolina, Washington, or Wyoming and it has been over 6 months since
baby's passing.


VA burial allowances are flat-rate monetary benefits that are generally paid at the maximum
amount authorized by law for an eligible Veteran’s burial and funeral costs. A VA regulation
change in 2014 simplified the program to pay eligible survivors quickly and efficiently. Eligible
surviving spouses of record are paid automatically upon notification of a Veteran’s death,
without the need to submit a claim. VA may grant additional benefits, including the plot or
interment allowance and transportation allowance, if it receives a claim for these benefits

NOTE: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the
applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible
Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.

Female veterans married to a veteran are entitled to their own separate grave, headstone
or marker, burial flag and Presidential Memorial Certificate. However, they may choose to
be buried in the same gravesite as their spouse.

Midwest Memorial Group
31300 Southfield Road
Beverly Hills, MI  48025
Phone:  248-290-0338
Veterans living in Michigan are now eligible to get a complimentary certificate for burial space
in a private cemetery, in advance of need. at no charge for the property.  You must arrange the
pre-planning of their funeral.  The pre-payment plan is thru the State of MI so you don't need
to worry about losing your money! 
The number of spaces allocated for Veterans is limited and available on a first-come, first-served
basis in advance of need only.  Applications will be processed in the order they are received. 
There is a limit of ONE certifcate per household. 
Participating Cemeteries:
Acacia Park Cemetery / Beverly Hills MI
Cadillac Memorial Gardens East / Clinton Twp., MI
Cadillac Memorial Gardens West / Westland MI
Woodmere Cemetery / Detroit MI
Forest Lawn Memorial Park / Detroit MI
Mount Hope Memorial Gardens / Livonia MI
Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens / Novi MI
Oakview Cemetery / Royal Oak MI
Roseland Park Cemetery / Berkley MI
United Memorial Gardens / Plymouth MI
Washtenong Memorial Park / Ann Arbor MI

All Monroe County MI Veterans
Vietnam Veterans of America, Monroe County Chapter 142 is offering Cemetery plots/
gravesites at Roselawn Cemetary in LaSalle, MI for any United States veteran.  A veteran
is any man or woman 17 or older who served or was currently serving in the U.S. military
at the time of his / her death or had received an Honorable or General Discharge from said
To receive the plot/gravesite, the following conditions must be met:
#1. The veteran must be deceased. 
#2  There must be proof of U.S. military service (DD-214),
#3  The family must show proof of residency in Monroe County at the time of entry into
     the service or proof of residency immediately after discharge from service 
#4. The family must express/show a need for the gravesite/plot due to financial hardship. 
Although the actual site would be donated a no-cost for the veteran, Roselawn Cemetery
does charge a fee for opening/closing of gravesites which would have to be paid by the
veterans family.  These sites do NOT have the ability to allow for a spouse or loved one
to be buried next to them, so these sites are primarily for single, divorced or no spouse
or family member co-located site needed.  If all four of these conditions can be met, please
contact Larry Richterat 734-735-9646 OR 734-242-0841 for further details.


The Federal Department of Veterans Affairs currently has two National cemeteries in Michigan.

The Fort Custer National Cemetery
15501 Dickham Road
Augusta, MI  49012
Phone:  269-731-4164
Great Lakes National Cemetery                                                  
Grand Mall and Office Center          
4200 Belford
Holly, MI  48442               
Phone:  Toll-Free:  1-866-348-8603

For Burial in a National Cemetery
Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of our 135 national cemeteries with
available space,opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone
or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family.
Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried
or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed
Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include
burial with the Veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependents name and date of birth
and death will be inscribed on the Veteran's headstone, at no cost to the family. Eligible spouses
and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran.
Spouses and dependents are not eligible for a Government-furnished headstone or marker
unless they are buried in a national cemetery, state Veteran's cemetery, or military post/base
Note: There is no charge for the headstone or marker itself, however arrangements for placing
it in a private cemetery are the applicant's responsibility and all setting fees are at private expense.
Female veterans married to a veteran are entitled to their own separate grave, headstone or marker, burial flag and Presidential Memorial Certificate. However, they may choose to be buried in the same gravesite as their spouse.
No-cost burial benefits include:
-Gravesite in any of VA's national cemeteries with available space
-Opening and closing of the grave
-Perpetual care of the gravesite
-Headstones, markers, and medallions
-Burial flag
-Presidential Memorial Certificate

This page was last updated: January 14, 2019
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