Based on an individual’s financial need, we will work with a family to determine the best way to maximize and guarantee aid, helping to reduce the family’s financial burden. We accept Mass Health funeral assistance – Massachusetts Transitional Assistance for funeral or cremation services. We work with the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) for funeral payment assistance. We will complete the necessary paperwork for this assistance. The benefit provided by the state for eligible decedents is $1,100 provided that the total funeral expenses do not exceed $3,500. We submit the paperwork and wait for approval and payment from the DTA on behalf of the family.
Massachusetts Veterans who are receiving assistance under M.G.L. Chapter 115 may be eligible for state funds of $4,000, provided that the total funeral expenses do not exceed $5,000. Rice Funeral Home will complete and submit state Form V.S.9 to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Commissioner of Veterans’ Services on behalf of the family of those veterans who qualify for and wish to apply for this benefit.
CrowdFunding - You can also get help from family and friends to help with burial, cremation, or other end-of-life costs. During one of life’s most difficult times, you can turn to GoFundMe for help in paying for the final expenses for a loved one. We can provide a link to your GoFundMe page from the obituary on our website.
Please NOTE: When you establish a crowdfunding account such as GoFundMe it removes your eligibility to apply for DTA assistance based on their guidelines.