International Funeral Service of NY Is Prepared to Safely Continue to Care For Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

International Funeral Service of NY remains committed and prepared to safely care for the families it serves during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, International Funeral Service of NY will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them.

According to the CDC, at this time, there is no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19; however, federal, state and local public health guidance officials have restricted the size of gathering a family is able to plan. Current guidelines state no more than 10 people in a gathering until March 31, 2020. Depending on a family’s preferences, their loved one can be safely embalmed. Families may choose either burial or cremation as usual.

“At International Funeral Service of NY, we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve,” said Pat Marmo, owner. “We will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully commemorate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and local public health officials.”

Marmo continued: “Our staff remains vigilant about cleaning our facilities and ensuring we’re all following recommended healthy habits, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands, and covering coughs and sneezes. The CDC and our state and local public health officials have offered a lot of helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to follow.”

International Funeral Service of NY is in the process of setting up webcasting services so family members can view their selected funeral services from the safety of their own home. We advise that you encourage those who are ill or part of an at-risk population (e.g. the elderly, immune-compromised, etc.) to stay home and tune into the services virtually.

Our funeral directors and staff are equipped to make funeral arrangements via phone, fax and email. We recommend using these forms of communication, if possible. If arrangements must be done in person, we recommend using video conference services such as Skype, Zoom or Facetime. Please call our office ahead of time, 718-282-0666, to schedule an appointment with a funeral director.

As a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), International Funeral Service of NY regularly receives information via NFDA from the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States. NFDA continues to lead the conversation with federal officials about the role of funeral service as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the staff of International Funeral Service of NY be of assistance, please contact us at 718-282-0666.

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NYC HRA

Low-income New York City residents may be eligible for up to $900 in financial assistance to meet funeral expenses of no more than $1700. You can get an application for benefits with written instructions by following the link below:

http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/other-services.page

Burial Claims Application Process

Background:

The Human Resources Administration (HRA) will provide financial assistance to individuals in need of assistance to meet funeral expenses. These funds are available when an indigent resident of New York City dies who may have been in receipt of Supplement Security Income (SSI), Cash Assistance (CA), or leaves no funds to cover his or her burial expenses, and there are no Legally-Responsible Relatives (LRR) able to pay the funeral expenses.

What can be covered:

HRA will pay up to $900 towards burial expenses, but total burial expenses must be no more than $1,700. The cost of cremation or grave and grave opening charges are excluded, however, the cost of burying the ashes, after cremation is not excludable in calculating the $1,700 total cost. If the total funeral bill exceeds the amount of $1,700, HRA will make no payment.

Any asset (whether or not previously assigned to HRA), that was available to the deceased or any amount that a LRR (e.g., a spouse or parent of a minor child) may have had on the Date of Death (DOD) is deemed available, and any amount paid or to be paid by any other source, will be subtracted from the $900 payment if the claim is determined eligible for payment. Any assets or resources left by the decedent on the date of death will be subtracted from the $900, if the claim is otherwise determined to be eligible.

To apply:

The individual who makes the funeral arrangements or his/her representative must file an application within 60 days from the DOD, in person, at our office located at 25 Chapel Street (6th Floor) Brooklyn. That individual should bring in any Documentation to the initial interview and may submit the remainder of documentation needed by US Mail.

Required documentation:

  • A Burial Application Form completed and signed by the applicant.
  • One original certified copy of the Death Certificate (it will be returned to the applicant.)
  • A copy of the Funeral Contract also known as the Statement of Goods and Services Selected. The contract must be signed by the Funeral Director and by the party who made the funeral arrangements. The required sequential invoice number must appear on the document.
  • A copy of the cemetery or crematory bill, itemizing all charges.
  • Original itemized funeral bills signed by the Funeral Director and notarized in the presence of a Notary Public. The funeral bill must be stamped “Paid-in-Full” if the charges have been paid.
  • Original fully completed Funeral Director’s Affidavit forms signed by the Funeral Director and notarized in the presence of a Notary Public, if there is money still owed to the funeral establishment.
  • Information and documentation regarding the decedent’s available assets/income as of the DOD, and those of the applicant (if the applicant is an LRR) is required on each case.
  • The Agency may request any other documentation which may be necessary to make an eligibility determination based upon the particular facts and circumstances of each case.

Our staff at Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home will be happy to provide direct assistance in the application process if you are in need of filing for funeral aid with HRA. Please call us now at 718-435-3381 and we will walk you through the process to make it as simple and seamless as possible.