Funeral & Burial Benefits

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

What is the purpose of this service?

The program pays for the funeral and burial expenses when a person's resources and all other sources of payment are less than the DHS standard payment rates.

Who can receive these services?

The Department pays the funeral and burial expenses of a person who at the time of death:

  • was receiving any of the following kinds of assistance:
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Cash
    • Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) Cash
    • All Kids Assist
    • Parent/All Kids Assist
    • All Kids Moms & Babies
    • Family Assist
    • AABD Medical
    • General Assistance Foster Care/Adoption Care
  • or who would have qualified for:
    • All Kids Assist
    • Parent/All Kids Assist
    • All Kids Moms & Babies
    • Family Assist
    • AABD Medical

What services are offered?

The Department pays funeral and burial expenses on two types of claims:

  1. IL444-0029 - Funeral or Burial Claim (pdf) (submitted by a funeral home or cemetery)
    • persons not legally responsible for the deceased may contribute to the cost of the casket, urn, or vault; and
    • the cost of additional expenses or merchandise that are not required to be provided with the Department's payment, with limits of $2,000 funeral and $2000 burial OR
  2. IL444-0094 - Funeral & Burial Reimbursement Claim (pdf) submitted by a person who is not legally responsible for the deceased and who has paid an amount equal to or more than the amount of the claim.

Maximum Amount that DHS will Pay

  • $1,103 for a funeral
  • $552 for a cremation/burial

How to Apply?

Applications may be found at your local Family Community Resource Center, or you may click on the claim form links above.  Use the DHS Office Locator to find your local Family Community Resource Center.

Where to Mail the Form:

The offices below have their funeral, burial, and reimbursement claims managed by the Springfield-based DHS Funeral and Burial Unit.  ONLY if the deceased was/would have been  served by the Family Community Resource Centers (FCRCs) in Cook County or in the FCRCs in the counties listed below, would you send the reimbursement claims directly to:

  • Illinois Department of Human Services
    Funeral and Burial Unit
    100 South Grand Avenue, East, 2nd floor
    Springfield, IL  62762

Family Community Resource Centers

(FCRCs) in these Counties

FCRC Code number 
Christian 020
DuPage 030
Jefferson 049
Kane/Aurora 053
Kane/Elgin 114
Lake 057
Macon 063
McHenry 071
Morgan 077
Peoria 080
Rock Island 089
Sangamon 091
St. Clair 111
Vermilion 100
Will 107
Cook County FCRC Name FCRC's Code
Western 201
South Loop 202
Mid South 203
Uptown 204
Englewood 208
Woodlawn 212
Calumet Park 213
Southeast 218
South Suburban 226
Lower North 228
West Suburban 229
Humboldt 231
Northern 233
Roseland 236
Northwest 237

Contacts

All questions and inquiries regarding the claims and or payments/denials for the offices listed above should be directed to:

  •  Funeral and Burial Unit at (217) 524-5294 or (217) 558-6653 or (217) 557-1688

Otherwise, contact your local Family Community Resource Center (FCRC).You can use the IDHS Office Locator at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/officelocator  to find a local Family Community Resource Center (FCRC) near you.

DHS Office Locator

DHS Help Line

  • 1-800-843-6154
  • 1-800-447-6404 TTY