Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services

Covid-19 Update


During this challenging time, we are committed to continuing to serve our community with the highest level of care and compassion. In order to protect the safety of those we serve, as well as our team members, we have integrated precautionary measures to help minimize the spread of the virus.

We encourage families who have experienced a loss to meet with our staff virtually, allowing you to remain in the safety and comfort of your home. We can do this via phone calls, emails, and online meeting platforms. If you cannot meet with us virtually, we will offer a face-to-face meeting, but unfortunately must limit the number of family members in attendance to two people.

With the directive to have no more than 10 people together, we will offer the option to stream services, so that others can see and hear, without having to be physically present. We also are conducting enhanced cleaning procedures, sanitizing on a regular basis.

You should also be aware that many of the local cemeteries have limited their hours and group sizes. This could impact the timing of burials. In addition, restricted flight schedules may impact transfers to out of town burials.

We ask for your patience and cooperation as we all work through these social distancing changes. Our upmost concern is your physical and emotional well-being during this difficult time.


Below are some resources which you may find helpful during this time.

Grieving A Coronavirus Death: Help For Special Circumstances

Loss In A Pandemic: Navigating Uncertainty With Self-Care

Resources especially for children

Caring For Each Other - Activities for young children from Sesame Street

What's Going On Flip Book - Explaining Covid-19 to Children


April 1, 2021

As a result of recent federal relief legislation, FEMA is providing Funeral Assistance up to $9,000 in funeral assistance to qualified families who have incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.  

FEMA Funeral Assistance covers expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation. Eligible services include a wide range of funeral-related services, such as transportation of up to two people for identification; transfer of remains; casket or urn; burial plot or cremation niche; marker or headstone; clergy or officiant services; arrangement of the funeral ceremony; use of funeral home equipment or staff; interment; costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates; and additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances.

In order to apply for this relief, you will need three types of documentation:

-An official death certificate attributing the death, directly or indirectly, to COVID-19.  A death certificate stating the death “may have been caused by” or was “likely the result of” COVID-19 is sufficient, and death certificates not specifying this information may be amended, if qualified.
-Proof of funeral expenses.  We are happy to assist you by providing copies of this information from our funeral home. 
-If your family received funds specifically for funeral costs, these must be disclosed and will offset the FEMA benefit. 

For more information and/or to determine if your family qualifies for Funeral Assistance from FEMA, you can visit FEMA’s site on the Internet at ­

https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our funeral home for help navigating this program.  While FEMA makes the final determination on who is qualified and of any award amount, we are happy to help assist you through the process.

Sincerely,

Wendy Kraft & Laura Sussman
Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services