Families who lost loved ones to COVID-19 eager to get FEMA help for funeral expenses

"Financially we were not prepared," said one woman whose mother died of COVID. "This was so unexpected."

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- We were like "Three Musketeers."

- It's been just over a month since twin sisters Barbara and Linda [? Blackmon ?] had to say goodbye to their 96-year-old mother at [? Haggard ?] Funeral Home.

- It's been such a burden. She died from COVID-19 in February. Her funeral cost was about $8,000. Financially, we were not prepared. This was so unexpected.

- William Gudmundson hopped on a plane to Oklahoma when he found out his father wasn't going to survive the coronavirus.

- It was very surreal, from him going from know relatively healthy, you know, and then seven days later passing away in ICU.

- The Jamestown father spent $1,300 cremating him and planning a future funeral for when the family could all safely be together.

- To have to go through this and have to pay, you know, for this, you know -- and a lot of people are losing their work at this time -- is not a good time. It's not a good time to die or have a funeral, you know, not at all.

- But there's some financial support heading their way. FEMA announced plans to provide monetary assistance to COVID-19-related funeral expenses.

- Praise God for that.

- Praise God for that.

- Both families plan to apply for the extra help when the application process starts in April, knowing it can't bring back their loved ones.

- There's a struggle, not only mentally, physically, but financially.

- Emotionally.

- But it can help the grieving process.

- Financially, I think it would be a big-- it would help a lot of people through the stress of it. Because it's hard to think about, you know, the death by itself, much less, you know, paying for it.