As the Coronavirus and the COVID-19 infection continues to spread across North Carolina, funeral homes and funeral service providers in the state are increasingly faced with questions and concerns from families regarding funeral services, visitations and other events to memorialize the death of loved ones. In response, the NC Board of Funeral Service has provided information to funeral professionals and consumers through the Board website at  www.ncbfs.org/coronavirusadvisory to include links to the Centers for Disease Control, the NC Office of the Governor, and the NC Department of Health and Human Services for updates on the virus’ impact on funeral professionals. The Board is also sending targeted emails to funeral practitioners across the state regarding restrictions on funerals and related activities and events in response to the Executive Order that Governor Roy Cooper issued  March 27, 2020.  

As directed by the Centers for Disease Control, there will be no mass gathering of 50 or more persons within a single room. This includes the gathering of funeral services, memorials, and visitations. Therefore, we are asking all families to call and schedule a face-to-face conference before arriving at the funeral home, by contacting us at 910-875-3700. To ensure the safety of the general public we are only offering a private family service, graveside, and visitations services until further notice.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you during the transition of your love one and this difficult time in our world.





Social Security Benefits

Some of the deceased's family members may be able to receive Social Security benefits if the deceased person worked long enough under Social Security to quality for benefits.  You should get in touch with Social Security as soon as you can to make sure the family receives all of the benefits to which it may be entitled.  Please read the following information carefully to learn what benefits may be available.


A one-time payment of $255 can be paid to the surviving spouse if he or she was living with the deceased; or, if living apart, was receiving certain Social Security benefits on the deceased's record.  If there is no surviving spouse, the payment is made to a child who is eligible for benefits on the deceased's record in the month of death.


Certain family members may be eligible to receive monthly benefits, including:

  • A widow or widower age 60 or older (age 50 or older if disabled);
  • A surviving spouse at any age who is caring for the deceased's child under age 16 or disabled;
  • An unmarried child of the deceased who is younger than age 18 (or age 18 or 19 if he or she is a full-time student in an elementary or secondary school); or age 18 or older with a disability that began before age 22;
  • Parents, age 62 or older, who were dependent on the deceased for at least half of their support; and
  • A surviving divorced spouse, under certain circumstances.


The Social Security website is a valuable resource for information about all of Social Security's programs. There are a number of things you can do online.


In addition to using the Social Security website, you can call them toll-free at 1-800-772-1213.  Staff can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  They can also provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day.  If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call the TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.


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