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Burial Assistance is a county-funded program to assist with burial costs for individuals who did not leave sufficient means to pay for their final expenses. ND Century Code (23-06-03) states it is still the responsibility of next of kin for burial costs. Burleigh County defines next of kin as surviving spouse, parents and adult children. Next kin must fill out a Responsible Relative Affidavit.

Deceased must be a resident of Burleigh County at the time of death. Hospital patients and inmates of public institutions housed in Burleigh County will be referred to their prior county of residence for burial costs.

Applications must be submitted within 30 days from the date of death. Processing standard is 10 days after receipt of requested information. Households have 10 days to provide any information requested.

Cremation is the preferred method for disposition. $2100 is the maximum amount paid for in burial costs. Any resources of the deceased at the time of death will be subtracted from this maximum amount to arrive at the amount paid. Burleigh County is not responsible for any costs in excess of $2100. Payment is made in the form of a voucher to the appropriate funeral home.

 

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Bismarck ND 58501-4058
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