FUNERAL AND / OR MEMORIAL SERVICES
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 house-
holds 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 determina-
tions 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 OR speak to your funeral director!
Social Security SURVIVORS Benefits
Phone: 800-772-1213 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 8, 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.
COVID 19 DEATHS
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055
Phone: 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service available) TTY: 1-800-462-7585
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related
funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:
1. The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the
District of Columbia.
2. The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
3. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred
funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
4. There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen
national, or qualified alien.
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!
NO COST & LOW COST CREMATION / ANATOMICAL DONATION OPTION
Michigan Cremation & Burial Services
Jansen Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services
4705 Pine PO Box 77
Columbiaville, MI 48421
Phone: 866-560-2525 Toll Free: 1-866-835-4911
Services 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
Anatomy Offices / East Fee Hall
965 Fee A 519
East Lansing, MI 48824
Willed Body Program:
Central Fee Hall
939 Fee E 206
East Lansing, MI 48824
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 Dr.
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 Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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 indi-
University of Michigan Anatomical Donations Program
3767 Medical Science Building II
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5608
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
MICHIGAN NONPROFIT AGENCIES THAT MAY HELP
Angel Gowns of Michigan
123 N. Midland
Merrill, MI 48637
Donate clean wedding gowns to make Angel Gowns, which are baptismal and/or burial outfits
for babies who have recently passed away.
192 W. Vienna
Clio, MI 48420
Rebecca's Reason was created to honor the brief but remarkable life of Rebecca Anne. We are a
nonprofit, public charity whose mission is to provide parents of loss with financial support
for medical and end-of-life expenses.
Ike and Ella Fund
P.O. Box 62
Milan, MI 48160
Provides financial support to assist parents who have experienced the loss of a to cover funeral,
cremation, and burial expenses.
Wayne Metropolitan CAA
7310 Woodward Suite 800
Detroit, MI 48202
Out-County Service Hub
2121 Biddle Ave.
Wyandotte, MI 48192
Providing financial assistance towards burial and cremation services.
METRO DETROIT SHARE
Taylor, MI 48180
Metro Detroit Share provides funeral assistance for Michigan families that lose a baby during preg-
nancy or during the 1st year of life. Services such as burial costs, funeral service costs, urns, head-
stones, etc will be considered. Assistance subject to availability of funds and the exhaustion of other available resources
Metro Detroit Share runs twice per month support meetings. One in Taylor and one in West Bloomfield.
In addition, Metro Detroit Share runs a closed facebook group for on-line support.
Metro Detroit Share provides memory boxes to any Michigan hospital that requests them for their
patients, is a special keepsake box, special baby book for losses, support literature, keepsakes &
Plots for Tots - Infant Burial Program
Inkster, MI 48141
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 after-
care, 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.
- Family Budget Development
- Household Maintenance and Repair Services
Six Feet Over (for assistance with SUICIDE ONLY)
PO Box 32394
Detroit, MI 48232
Do you need assistance paying for costs associated with the loss of your loved one?
We may be able to help with costs associated with:
- funerals and memorial services
The Salvation Army--Adrian Corps.
217 W. Church
Adrian, MI 49221
We assist families and individuals who face the loss of loved ones (burial costs) and other various
needs. We strive to continue meeting crisis needs, but also hope to work with some families through
Pathway of Hope to prevent future crisis and build encouragement and hope within the families.
NATIONAL RESOURCES THAT MAY HELP
Children's Burial Assistance, (CBA) Inc.
5686 Fulton Industrial Blvd. # 44372
Atlanta, GA 30336
Children’s Burial Assistance, Inc. (CBA) is an organization that provides donated burial plots
or urns across the United States for deceased minor children, ages 1 to 26. These burial plots
and urns are made available by the generous donations of individuals throughout the U.S.
1. Ages 1 to 26 are automatically eligible for a burial plot or urn
2. Ages 27 and older are also eligible for a donated burial plot or urn during the project on a first-
come, first-served basis and cannot be transferred or sold to a third party. There is a $30 shipping
and handling cost for the donated urn.
3. Please submit only one application per deceased individual.
In an effort to address the burial needs of families who’ve lost loved ones during the corona virus
disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, our organization is launching a special program across the U.S.
for deceased adults, age 27 years old and older – “The CBA Covid-19 Burial Project”. The burial plot inventory is subject to change and is currently available in the following states: CA, CO, FL, GA, IL,
IN, MD, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI. Urns are shipped across the U.S. and
can be engraved locally at the recipient's discretion upon arrival.
The TEARS Foundation
11102 Sunrise Blvd. E. Suite 112
Puyallup, WA 98374
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 Provider.
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
Kids Wish Network / A Child Forever Funeral Assistance
4060 Louis Ave.
Holiday, FL 34691
We started with the single purpose of granting wishes to children suffering with life-threatening
conditions, but have since created additional programs to benefit kids nationwide, including A
Child Forever Funeral Assistance.
The Actors Fund
729 Seventh Ave. 12th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Helps all professionals in entertainment and the performing arts. The Actors Fund is a safety net,
providing programs and services for those who are in need or going through a crisis or transition.
It offers several services, including help attaining affordable housing and health insurance, finan-
cial assistance for people in a medical crisis or those disabled by illness, case management, refer-
rals, support groups and funeral/burial assistance. The Actors Fund is administered in offices in
New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.
are several organizations listed on those pages that will also help financially!
CEMETERY RESOURCES FOR VETERANS
WHAT ARE VA BURIAL ALLOWANCES?
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, with-
out 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 grave site as their spouse.
Midwest Memorial Group
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
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 proc-
essed in the order they are received. There is a limit of ONE certificate per household.
- Acacia Park Cemetery / Beverly Hills
- Cadillac Memorial Gardens East / Clinton Twp.
- Cadillac Memorial Gardens West / Westland
- Woodmere Cemetery / Detroit
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park / Detroit
- Mount Hope Memorial Gardens / Livonia
- Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens / Novi
- Oakview Cemetery / Royal Oak
- Roseland Park Cemetery / Berkley
- United Memorial Gardens / Plymouth
- Washtenong Memorial Park / Ann Arbor
All Monroe County MI Veterans
Vietnam Veterans of America, Monroe County Chapter 142 is offering Cemetery plots/ grave sites 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 service.
To receive the plot or grave site, 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 grave
site/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 grave sites 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.
NATIONAL CEMETERIES IN MICHIGAN
The Federal Department of Veterans Affairs currently has two National cemeteries
The Fort Custer National Cemetery
Augusta, MI 49012
Great Lakes National Cemetery
Grand Mall and Office Center
For Burial in a National Cemetery
Burial benefits available include a grave site 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 interned
in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.
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 depen-
dents 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 or base cemetery.
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
grave site as their spouse.
No-cost burial benefits include:
1. Grave site in any of VA's national cemeteries
with available space
2. Opening and closing of the grave
3. Perpetual care of the grave site
4. Headstones, markers, and medallions
5. Burial flag
6. Presidential Memorial Certificate