Burial responsibility falls to the next of kin. For more information, please see A.R.S. § 36-831.
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The funeral home will refer the case to the burial program if the decedent’s estate or their family’s total assets are less than $350.00. If the funds are less than $350.00 the program will review the case to determine what financial assistance is available.
In order to determine eligibility the program will require financial documentation that the deceased person’s estate and their family members do not have the ability to pay any funeral expenses from any resource or income.
An application must be completed with one of the contracted funeral homes. They will perform the initial financial review to determine if the final arrangements will be fully or partially paid by the legally responsible family member, legal agent, or other community entity. The contracted funeral home will only submit the application to the burial program for final eligibility determination after all other alternatives have been fully exhausted. For more information please call the burial coordinator at 602-506-5801.
The family should bring important documents belonging to the decedent, for example:
- Any Power of Attorneys- Bank statements- DD214, if the decedent served in the military- Decedent's written instructions regarding final arrangements, etc.