BURIAL RESOURCES 
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!  
Website: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_5531---,00.html

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
Website: https://www.ssa.gov
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 

FEMA
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055
Phone: 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service available)  TTY: 1-800-462-7585
Website: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance
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.


CRIME VICTIMS

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!
Look on this website under CRIME VICTIM RESOURCES.


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
Website: http://michigancremationservices.com/anatomicaldonation.html
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 
Administrative Office:
Anatomy Offices / East Fee Hall
965 Fee    A 519
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-6380
&
Willed Body Program:
Central Fee Hall 
939 Fee   E 206
East Lansing, MI  48824
Phone: 517-353-5398
Website:  http://anatomy.msu.edu/index.html
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
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 indi-
vidual urns.

University of Michigan Anatomical Donations Program 
3767 Medical Science Building II
1137 Catherine 
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-5608
Phone: 734-764-4359
Email: donorinfo@umich.edu 
Website: http://www.med.umich.edu/anatomy/donors
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:
Website: http://www.uofmhealth.org/conditions-treatments/transplant
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
Website:  https://www.med.wayne.edu/ome


MICHIGAN NONPROFIT AGENCIES THAT MAY HELP

Angel Gowns of Michigan
123 N. Midland 
Merrill, MI  48637
Website: www.facebook.com/angelgownsofmichigan
Donate clean wedding gowns to make Angel Gowns, which are baptismal and/or burial outfits 
for babies who have recently passed away.

Rebecca's Reason
192 W. Vienna
Clio, MI  48420 
Email: rebeccasreason@gmail.com
Website: https://www.rebeccasreason.org
Rebecca's Reason was created to honor the brief but remarkable life of Rebecca AnneWe 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
Website: www.ikeandellafund.org
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
Phone: 313-388-9799
Email: wmconnectcenter@waynemetro.org
Website: www.waynemetro.org/cares
Providing financial assistance towards burial and cremation services.

METRO DETROIT SHARE 
Taylor, MI  48180 
Phone: 313-492-1172
Email: info@metrodetroitshare.org 
Website: https://www.metrodetroitshare.org
FUNERAL ASSISTANCE:
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
&
SUPPORT SERVICES:
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.
&
MEMORY BOXES:
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 & 
much more.

Plots for Tots - Infant Burial Program
Zaman International 
26091 Trowbridge 
Inkster, MI  48141
Phone: 313-551-3994
Email: info@zamaninternational.org 
Website: https://zamaninternational.org/index.php
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)
Email:  info@forthekidsfoundation.org
Website:  www.forthekidsfoundation.org
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.
Provides: 
  • Financial Assistance
  • Grief Counseling
  • Legal Assistance
  • Accounting Assistance
  • Family Budget Development
  • Support Groups
  • Household Maintenance and Repair Services
  • Vocational Training
  • Job Placement Services
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Referral Services
  • Community Outreach
  • Group Presentations
  • Scholarships
  • Tutorial Services
  • Cultural Programs
  • Funeral Assistance
  • Car Maintenance & Repair

Six Feet Over   (for assistance with SUICIDE ONLY) 
PO Box 32394 
Detroit, MI  48232 
Phone: 313-723-0373
Email: info@sixftover.org 
Website: https://www.sixftover.org
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
  • remembrance items
  • cleaning services
  • various other services

The Salvation Army--Adrian Corps.
217 W. Church 
Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: 517-265-2038
Website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/adrian/overcome-poverty 
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
Phone: 404-507-6310
Email: info@childrensburial.org
Website: http://childrensburial.org
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. 
Requirements:
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
Phone: 734-7645-7430  
Buddy & Shelby Shuh, Michigan Chapter Leaders 
Email: Michiganchapter@thetearsfoundation.org 
Website: http://www.thetearsfoundation.org/page.php?id=35
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 
baby's passing. 

Kids Wish Network / A Child Forever Funeral Assistance 
4060 Louis Ave.
Holiday, FL  34691
Phone: 888-918-9004
Email: info@kidswishnetwork.org
Website: https://www.kidswishnetwork.org
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
Phone: 800-221-7303
Website: http://www.actorsfund.org
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.


Be sure to check under both VETERAN FINANCIAL RESOURCES  (located off the Veteran 
Resources page) AND the RESOURCES FOR GOLD STAR FAMILIES page as well as there 
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
Website: https://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/burials/Burial.pdf

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
31300 Southfield 
Beverly Hills, MI  48025
Phone: 248-290-0338
Email:  info@midwestmemorialgroup.com 
Website: https://midwestmemorialgroup.com
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.  
&
Participating Cemeteries: 
  • 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 
in Michigan.

The Fort Custer National Cemetery
15501 Dickham 
Augusta, MI  49012
Phone:  269-731-4164
Website: https://www.cem.va.gov
&
Great Lakes National Cemetery                                                   
Grand Mall and Office Center           
4200 Belford
Holly, MI  48442                
Phone: Toll-Free:1-866-348-8603
Website: https://www.cem.va.gov

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





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