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Can funerals or memorial services be held? Is there support for COVID-related funeral costs?

Last Updated: 12/20/2021

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

To apply, call 844-684-6333. The hotline is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 9pm.

To learn more about the program including eligibility requirements, visit FEMA's Funeral Assistance FAQ page.

Funerals and Memorial Services

Funerals and memorial services may continue to be held.

There is no numerical limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings including funerals and memorial services.

Safety Tips For Gatherings

To avoid putting your loved ones at risk, the CDC and the NJ Department of Health has offered safety tips for in-person gatherings:

  • Get vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19.
  • Already vaccinated? Get a COVID-19 booster.
  • Celebrate with those who are fully vaccinated, outdoors, or in places with good ventilation
  • Wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces and in high-risk settings regardless of vaccination status
  • Stay home and do not host a gathering if you feel sick.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact.
  • Even if you aren't sick, get tested before visiting people outside of your household as an added precaution. Visit to find a testing location near you or order a free at-home testing kit.
  • Delay travel until fully vaccinated.
  • If traveling during the holidays, visit the new NJDOH Traveler's Health page for safety tips and guidance!
  • Make hand sanitizer available for guests.
  • Remind guests to wash their hands before serving or eating food.
  • Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.

Source: Commissioner Persichilli's Remarks 7/29/20; Commissioner Persichilli's Remarks 10/15/20; Executive Order No. 239; Executive Order No. 242