Get Help With Burial Expenses Using These Resources

| 3 min read Financial Assistance

After a loved one passes away, we’re confronted with the costs of funerals and memorials, as well as cremations or burials. In a state of grief, it can be hard to face these challenges alone. And added to the high cost of burial is the awkwardness of asking friends and family to help out with expenses.

People who use GoFundMe for this purpose often discover that our donor-powered crowdfunding platform not only makes the process easier, it also gives grieving friends and family a safe place to post words of love and condolences.

Below are a few resources for you to consider when you’re looking for help with burial expenses, including crowdfunding—which can supplement any benefits you may receive. We hope this helps.

Resources for burial expense help

Insurance policies

If your loved one had a life insurance policy, it may very well include a death benefit for burial expenses. Check with the insurance company.

Specific government programs

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) provides contributors and their families with partial replacement of earnings in the case of retirement, disability or death.

The Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program ensures that eligible Veterans receive dignified funeral and burial services.


Even if you receive benefits or assistance from one of the resources listed above, you may find that the support doesn’t fully cover the costs. Crowdfunding can help bridge the gap.

Another benefit of crowdfunding is that, instead of asking each friend or family member for help individually, you can simply send the link to your GoFundMe via email or Facebook. Your GoFundMe can also become a place for friends and loved ones to share memories and support each other through this time.

Burial or cremation expenses are likely just one of the costs you’re facing, along with funeral or memorial services, costs related to settling the estate, and more. On your GoFundMe, make the full scope of expenses clear.

How GoFundMe can help

GoFundMe has many free resources available to help you as you deal with the death of a loved one. Here are a few:

As with any other type of fundraiser on our site, at GoFundMe we have a 0% platform fee. Our site is free, and you can launch a fundraiser today.

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Written by caitlin